Leadership of SAARC nations should chalk out strong strategy to fight Coronavirus: PM

SAARC leaders welcome PM Modi's call to fight Corona virus together

Leadership of SAARC nations should chalk out strong strategy to fight Coronavirus: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the leadership of SAARC countries should chalk out a strong strategy to fight Coronavirus.

In a series of tweets, the PM said,’’Our planet is battling the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. At various levels, governments and people are trying their best to combat it. South Asia, which is home to a significant number of the global population should leave no stone unturned to ensure our people are healthy.’’

‘’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,’’the PM said.

The number of cases of Coronavirus in the country has reached 73 with one death reported from Karnataka.

Meanwhile Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka whose leaders have welcomed his idea.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Prime Minister Modi suggested to SAARC leaders that in order to keep all citizens healthy, there should be a discussion through video conferencing. Mr Modi said that together example can be set to the world, and contribute to a healthier planet. He said the planet is battling the COVID-19-Novel Corona virus and at various levels, governments and people are trying their best to combat it.

Mr Modi said, South Asia, which is home to a significant number of the global population should leave no stone unturned to ensure our people are healthy.

Welcoming the idea of Mr. Modi for chalking out a strong strategy by the leadership of the SAARC naitons to fight Corona virus, Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli said in a tweet that his government “is ready to work closely with SAARC Member States to protect our citizens from this deadly disease.’

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih thanked Prime Minister Modi for taking the initiative, saying Covid 19 requires “collective effort to defeat it.’ He said, in a tweet, Maldives welcomes this proposal and would fully support such a regional effort.

Describing it as a “great initiative’ Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said that Sri Lanka “is ready to join the discussion & share our learnings & best practices and to learn from other SAARC members. Let’s unite in solidarity during these trying times and keep our citizens safe.’

Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering’s Office tweeted: “This is what we call leadership. As members of this region, we must come together in such times. Smaller economies are hit harder, so we must coordinate. With your leadership, I have no doubt we will see immediate and impactful outcome. Looking forward to the video conference.’