Foreign Minister Shahid discusses COVID-19 response with Minister of External Affairs of India

27 March 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid had a telephone conversation with Minister of External Affairs of India Dr S Jaishankar, today.During the call, Minister Shahid thanked Minister Jaishankar and the Government and people of India for the timely assistance extended to the people of Maldives in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. He also lauded Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, in convening the leaders of the South Asian region to discuss common approaches and regional cooperation.Minister Shahid briefed Minister Jaishankar on the impact of COVID-19 in the Maldives, the impact on the Maldivian economy, and the measures being taken to prevent the spread of the virus.Minister Shahid further thanked the Government of India for the kind hospitality being extended towards the Maldivian community in India. Minister Jaishankar reassured Minister Shahid of all measures being taken to ensure the wellbeing of Maldivians in India.Minister Jaishankar also assured Minister Shahid, of the continued supply of essential commodities, including rice, flour and sugar, as well as the provision of medicines and other items to the Maldives during this time of crisis.ENDS