Modi asks SAARC nations to video-conference on the Coronavirus issue, Pakistan responds positively to the offer

Following his tweet, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui agreed that the health crisis needs to be dealt with joint efforts

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited all the South Asian Association Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to cooperate and conduct a video-conference to discuss the coronavirus issue. Pakistan has responded positively to the offer.

Originating originally from Wuhan, China, the novel virus has now claimed 5,200 lives while affecting more than 130 countries. Out of the total 140,000 infected, around 80,000 have successfully recovered so far.

Taking to Twitter, Modi tweeted regarding the significance of SAARC and called all the member countries to work on a joint strategy to tackle the challenge.

”I would like to propose that the leadership of SAARC nations chalk out a strong strategy to fight Coronavirus. We could discuss, via video conferencing, ways to keep our citizens healthy,” Modi wrote.

”Together, we can set an example to the world, and contribute to a healthier planet,” he concluded.

Following his tweet, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui agreed that the health crisis needs to be dealt with joint efforts. She announced that Pakistan will be the part of the SAARC video-conference.

“We have communicated that SAPM on Health [Dr Zafar Mirza] will be available to participate in the video conference of SAARC member countries on the issue,” Aisha said. 

Pakistan has previously offered help to its neighbouring countries, including India. It is yet to see how India takes up Pakistan’s response on the issue.

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