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India gifts a 10-tonne consignment of medicines

India gifted a 10 tonne consignment of essential life saving medicines to Government of Sri Lanka, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. These medicines have been requested by Government of Sri Lanka. The consignment was brought to Sri Lanka by an Air India Special Charter flight.

At the initiative of Prime Minister of India, a SAARC Leaders Video Conference was held on 15 March 2020 to discuss ways to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. India also pledged US$ 10 million to the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Subsequently, a Video Conference of health professionals in SAARC countries was held on 26 March 2020. Ministry of Health of India has also started offering online training sessions for health professionals in SAARC countries. SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC) situated in Gandhinagar, Gujarat has also developed a dedicated webpage pertaining to the COVID-19 situation in SAARC Member States []. Sri Lanka has been a valuable partner in all these initiatives.

Meanwhile, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa thanked the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India for this gesture in a Twitter message posted yesterday.


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