Pakistan, India Express Willingness To Jointly Fight Coronavirus
Pakistan has responded positively to Indian PM’s proposal asking the leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to come together to discuss the strategy to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
In a tweet, Modi urged ‘coordinated efforts’ by SAARC countries to deal with the outbreak.
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.
Together, we can set an example to the world, and contribute to a healthier planet.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2020
In response to his offer, Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Aisha Farooqui acknowledged that the situation merits collective efforts by the regional and global stakeholders.
The threat of #COVID-19 requires coordinated efforts at global and regional level. We have communicated that SAPM on Health will be available to participate in the video conference of #SAARC member countries on the issue.
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) March 13, 2020
Earlier on Thursday, she had told the media that Pakistan was ready to lend support to all its neighboring countries including India to deal with the deadly coronavrus. In Pakistan and India, the number of coronavirus cases is low, but experts have warned of a rise in the number of infected people in both countries. Two people died of the disease in India, while the number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has risen to 29, although no death has been reported in the country.