PM Modi on Friday reached out to SAARC nations amid rising coronavirus threat in the world calling for a joint action to fight the pandemic. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said he 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. Our planet is battling the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. At various levels, governments and people are trying their best to combat it," he 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," the Prime Minister said.
Acknowledging PM Modi's appeal, Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli welcome his idea saying, "advanced by PM Modi ji for chalking out a strong strategy by the leadership of the SAARC nations to fight coronavirus. My government is ready to work closely with SAARC Member States to protect our citizens from this deadly disease."
Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa responded to Modi's appeal and said, "Thank you for the great initiative PM Modi, Sri Lanka is ready to join the discussion and share our learnings and best practices & to learn from other SAARC members. Let's unite in solidarity during these trying times & keep our citizens safe."
President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih also thanked PM Modi for taking this initiative saying, "COVID19 requires collective effort to defeat it. Maldives welcomes this proposal and would fully support such a regional effort."
Hailing PM Modi, Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering said, "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've no doubt we will see an immediate & impactful outcome."
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