COVID-19: PM Modi Discusses Global Situation With Russian President Putin

Amid spurt in cases of Coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with the President of Russia Vladimir V Putin on Wednesday and discussed the global situation in the context of pandemic.

The Prime Minister conveyed his good wishes for early recovery of all those suffering from the disease in Russia and expressed the hope that Russia’s efforts, led by President Putin, to fight the disease would be successful.

President Putin conveyed to the Prime Minister his good wishes for the success of measures adopted in India to combat COVID-19.

The two leaders agreed on further consultation and cooperation inadequately addressing all challenges faced by this major global crisis, including those pertaining to health, medicine, scientific research, humanitarian matters and impact on the global economy.

They stressed the significance of international cooperation for unitedly fighting COVID-19, including within the framework of G20.

The Prime Minister appreciated the cooperation of Russian authorities in ensuring the well-being of Indian students in Russia and hoped that the same would continue.

President Putin assured all help in this regard.

The Prime Minister told President Putin that Indian authorities concerned would continue to facilitate in all possible manner the efforts for ensuring the well-being and organised return of Russian nationals, as and when required.

The two leaders also agreed to continue their close cooperation for maintaining the excellent momentum and the warm of the cordial and time-tested bilateral relations.

They reiterated that they looked forward to several opportunities for their interaction in person during the course of the year, according to a release by the Ministry Of External Affairs here.

“President #Putin and Prime Minister #Modi expressed mutual gratitude for efforts undertaken to ensure health and safety of Russian citizens in India and Indian citizens in Russia,” the Russian Embassy in India said in a tweet.

142 Indian nationals to be evacuated from Iran on March 28

New Delhi: A group of 142 Indian nationals will be evacuated from coronavirus-hit Iran on March 28 and they will be quarantined at Indian Army Wellness Facility in Jodhpur of Rajasthan.

This would be the sixth batch of Indians evacuated from Iran — a Middle Eastern country which is among the worst affected countries with most cases and fatalities from coronavirus outside of Italy, Spain and China.

With this, a total of 808 Indian nationals have been evacuated from Iran so far.

The private airline carrier SpiceJet will operate a special flight between Delhi and Jodhpur on March 29 to facilitate transportation of the evacuees to a quarantine facility in the city.

The special flight will be operated as per Government of India’s request and the airline will deploy its Boeing 737 aircraft for the assignment. The flight will take off at IST 01:40 hrs from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport and land at Jodhpur airport at 02:55 hrs on March 29, the private carrier said in a statement.

SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said, “These are challenging times when mankind is facing an unprecedented crisis across the globe. SpiceJet is proud to operate this special flight to help our Government and our fellow citizens in a small way in this joint fight against coronavirus.”

“We, at SpiceJet, stand committed to provide our services on each and every occasion of such national crisis and it will be our honour to assist in whatever way possible,” Mr Singh added.

Iran is one of the worst hit by this global pandemic as it reported over 28,000 cases, while over 2000 people have died of the infection in the country.

India count climbed to 673 positive cases of coronavirus while the death toll reached at 15.

Over 21,000 people have died of coronavirus infections across the world with over 7500 deaths being recorded in Italy alone.

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