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India Sending Humanitarian Assistance To Drought-Hit Madagascar: S Jaishankar

S Jaishankar mentioned problems with mutual curiosity with Madagascar’s Foreign Minister. (File)

New Delhi:

India is sending a consignment of 1,000 metric tonnes of rice and 100,000 hydroxychloroquine tablets to Madagascar in response to the east African nation’s enchantment for help to cope with a humanitarian disaster triggered by a extreme drought, the Ministry of External Affairs stated on Monday.

The humanitarian help is being delivered on-board Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa, which is able to go away with the meals and medical help on March three and is anticipated to achieve the Port of Ehoala in Madagascar between March 21 and 24, 2021, the MEA stated in an announcement.

The immediate Indian help to the Madagascar authorities was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a telephone dialog with Madagascar’s Foreign Minister Tehindrazanarivelo Djacoba A S Oliva, the MEA stated.

“Good conversation with FM of Madagascar @Tehindrazanari1. Informed him that Indian humanitarian assistance would be delivered in the coming days. Will include food and medical supplies,” Mr Jaishankar tweeted after the decision.

During the telephone dialog, Mr Jaishankar recalled the superb bilateral ties of friendship between India and Madagascar, and that India has at all times been among the many first responders with regards to aiding the individuals of Madagascar in such humanitarian crises.

In response to the pressing enchantment made by Madagascar for worldwide solidarity and help to cope with the humanitarian disaster in South of Madagascar attributable to extreme drought, the federal government is sending a consignment of 1000 metric tonnes of rice and 100,000 tablets of HCQ to Madagascar, the MEA stated.

In September 2018, a consignment of 1,000 metric tonnes of rice was delivered on-board an Indian naval vessel to Madagascar.

Indian Navy was the primary to reply when Cyclone Diane struck Madagascar and immediate help was delivered underneath Operation Vanilla by INS Airavat in January 2020.

In March 2020, INS Shardul visited the port of Antisiranana and delivered 600 tonnes of rice as HADR help to Madagascar from India for coping with heavy floods within the Northern area of Madagascar, the assertion stated.

Mr Jaishankar assured his counterpart from Madagascar that as a maritime neighbour throughout the Indian Ocean, the federal government and folks of Madagascar can at all times depend on the assist and solidarity of the federal government and folks of India.

The two overseas ministers additionally mentioned different problems with mutual curiosity.

During this journey, INS Jalashwa may also have on board an Indian naval coaching group, which is being deployed in Madagascar for capability constructing and coaching of the Malagasy Special Forces for 2 weeks.

INS Jalashwa may also name at Port Anjoun within the Republic of Comoros the place it’s going to ship a consignment of 1,000 metric tonnes of Indian rice.

The provide of this meals help was introduced by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu throughout his go to to Comoros in October 2019.

The provides of meals help and assist for capability constructing to the pleasant nations of Madagascar and Comoros is in step with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s imaginative and prescient of SAGAR and India’s time-tested position as a web safety supplier within the Indian Ocean Region, the MEA stated.

Meanwhile, Jaishankar additionally spoke along with his New Zealand counterpart Nanaia Mahuta for the primary time and mentioned the COVID problem in addition to the expectations of an early restoration.

“Our shared interests are expressed bilaterally and in the Indo-Pacific. Look forward to meeting her in person,” Mr Jaishankar tweeted.

In one other tweet, Jaishankar stated, “Keeping our CARICOM commitment. Made in India vaccines arrive at Antigua for Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines and Suriname.”

Sources stated the 40,000 doses of made-in-India vaccines arrived in St Vincent and the Grenadines and acquired by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.

The exterior affairs minister additionally retweeted Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne”s tweet thanking Prime Minister Modi for the 500,000 AstraZeneca vaccines that he shared with the Caribbean to help within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19.

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