In the wake of Coronavirus outbreak and severity of the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a video conference held on Monday, March 30, urged the heads of India’s diplomatic missions to assist Indian nationals who are stranded in countries that are severely affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
During the conference, while addressing around 130 envoys, the PM asked the officers to help in ensuring the continuity of trade between India and other countries to contain the economic fallout due to the viral pandemic.
An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs holding the summary of the conference said, “He called on Heads of Indian Missions to help boost the morale of such compatriots abroad, and to help them address issues arising from their unplanned stay abroad with their host Governments, and also to address other problems Indians might face abroad, including arranging shelter, where necessary and feasible.”
The mission heads in some of the worst affected countries like China, Iran, Italy, United States and South Korea briefed the PM on the measures they had taken to deal with the Coronavirus situation and to meet the needs of Indian nationals in those countries.
Further, the PM asked the mission heads about the lockdown and quarantine measures taken in various countries. He also asked the officers to focus on best practices, innovations, scientific breakthroughs and sources to procure medical equipment to help India in the fight against the viral outbreak. The PM while talking about the measures taken said, “Extraordinary times require extraordinary solutions.”
The mission heads reported about the steps they have taken to help Indian nationals who were assisted recently by the Indian diplomats. Further, the PM was informed about the measures taken for Indian national stranded in Iran which is one of the most hard-hit countries by the pandemic. The PM gave special attention to the measures taken in Germany and South Korea for reducing the mortality rate among coronavirus-affected patients. Also, necessary items for export from the west to help India in the time of crisis were also discussed.
PM Modi has held several video conferences since the outbreak of Coronavirus for improved international cooperation to deal with the pandemic. Besides the conference where the PM addressed SAARC countries, he also participated in the G20 virtual summit.