SAARC video-conference to deal spread of COVID-19

  • March 16, 2020

SAARC nations agreed on Sunday to evolve a common strategy to meet the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The video-conference was conducted in the present of top leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) member-states to discuss common strategy to deal with the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Recognizing the threat brought to other countries by the outbreak of virus in India, Indian PM Narendra Modi proposed the creation of an emergency fund with an initial contribution of $10 million to halt the onslaught of the disease that has so far claimed nearly 6,000 lives globally.

Pakistan appealed the lifting of embargos on communication in Kashmir to better tackle the spread of coronavirus.

In the video-conference the top officials of each SAARC countries President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of Maldives, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Lotay Tshering of Bhutan and Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli of Nepal, Zafar Mirza, special assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan were included.