India today gifted a 10-ton consignment of essential lifesaving medicines to the Government of Sri Lanka, to aid in countering the COVID-19 crisis.

These medicines had been requested by the Government and the consignment was brought to Sri Lanka by an Air India Special Charter flight today.

The Indian High Commission in a statement said this was yet another manifestation of India’s unwavering commitment to stand with Sri Lanka, in rain and in shine.

Despite its own domestic challenges and constraints, India has always believed in sharing its resources and expertise with its friends and partners, it added.

“It may also be recalled that at the initiative of Prime Minister of India, a SAARC Leaders’ Video Conference was held on 15 March to discuss ways to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. India also pledged $ 10 million to the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Subsequently, a Video Conference of Health Professionals in SAARC Countries was held on 26 March. The Ministry of Health of India has also started offering online training sessions for health professionals in SAARC countries,” the statement added.

The 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 [http://www.covid19-sdmc.org/]. Sri Lanka has been a valuable partner in all these initiatives, it noted.


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