New Delhi, Mar 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to the leadership of SAARC nations to chalk out a strategy to fight the outbreak of Corona virus has evoked prompt and favourable response from Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka whose leaders have welcomed his idea. In a series of tweets on Friday, Prime Minister Modi suggested to SAARC leaders that in order to keep all citizens healthy, there should be a discussion through video conferencing. Mr Modi said that together example can be set to the world, and contribute to a healthier planet.
He said the planet is battling the COVID-19-Novel Corona virus and at various levels, governments and people are trying their best to combat it. Mr Modi said, South Asia, which is home to a significant number of the global population should leave no stone unturned to ensure our people are healthy. Welcoming the idea of Mr. Modi for chalking out a strong strategy by the leadership of the SAARC naitons to fight Corona virus, Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli said in a tweet that his government ``is ready to work closely with SAARC Member States to protect our citizens from this deadly disease.' Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih thanked Prime Minister Modi for taking the initiative, saying Covid 19 requires ``collective effort to defeat it.' He said, in a tweet, Maldives welcomes this proposal and would fully support such a regional effort.
Describing it as a ``great initiative' Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said that Sri Lanka ``is ready to join the discussion & share our learnings & best practices and to learn from other SAARC members. Let’s unite in solidarity during these trying times and keep our citizens safe.' Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering's Office tweeted: ``This is what we call leadership. As members of this region, we must come together in such times. Smaller economies are hit harder, so we must coordinate. With your leadership, I have no doubt we will see immediate and impactful outcome. Looking forward to the video conference.' (UNI)