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


S Jaishankar mentioned problems with mutual curiosity with Madagascar’s Overseas 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 attraction for help to cope with a humanitarian disaster triggered by a extreme drought, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned on Monday.

The humanitarian help is being delivered on-board Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa, which can go away with the meals and medical help on March 3 and is anticipated to succeed in the Port of Ehoala in Madagascar between March 21 and 24, 2021, the MEA mentioned in a press release.

The immediate Indian help to the Madagascar authorities was conveyed by Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a cellphone dialog with Madagascar’s Overseas Minister Tehindrazanarivelo Djacoba A S Oliva, the MEA mentioned.

“Good dialog with FM of Madagascar @Tehindrazanari1. Knowledgeable him that Indian humanitarian help can be delivered within the coming days. Will embrace meals and medical provides,” Mr Jaishankar tweeted after the decision.

Through the cellphone dialog, Mr Jaishankar recalled the wonderful bilateral ties of friendship between India and Madagascar, and that India has all the time been among the many first responders with regards to helping the individuals of Madagascar in such humanitarian crises.

In response to the pressing attraction 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 mentioned.

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 mentioned.

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

The 2 overseas ministers additionally mentioned different problems with mutual curiosity.

Throughout this journey, INS Jalashwa will even have on board an Indian naval coaching staff, which is being deployed in Madagascar for capability constructing and coaching of the Malagasy Particular Forces for 2 weeks.

INS Jalashwa will even name at Port Anjoun within the Republic of Comoros the place it can ship a consignment of 1,000 metric tonnes of Indian rice.

The provision 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 keeping 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 Area, the MEA mentioned.

In the meantime, Jaishankar additionally spoke together 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 pursuits are expressed bilaterally and within the Indo-Pacific. Look ahead to assembly her in particular person,” Mr Jaishankar tweeted.

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

Sources mentioned 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 five hundred,000 AstraZeneca vaccines that he shared with the Caribbean to help within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19.

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