COVID-19: Modi speaks to Jordanian King and Bhutanese PM

COVID-19: Modi speaks to Jordanian King and Bhutanese PM

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New Delhi, Apr 17: In keeping with his initiative of forging cooperation and helping the international community to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke on telephone with Jordanian King Abdullah II and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering.

Mr Modi and King Abdullah discussed the challenges posed to the world by the COVID19 pandemic and the steps being taken in their respective countries to limit its impact. They agreed to support each other's efforts to the maximum possible extent, by sharing information and best practices and by facilitating needed supplies. The Prime Minister conveyed his greetings to the Jordanian King and the people of Jordan for the forthcoming Holy month of Ramadan, the Prime Minister Office (PMO) said in a statement.

Mr Modi thanked him for the support provided to the Indian citizens present in Jordan. Both the leaders agreed that their teams would remain in touch on issues related to COVID-19, as well as on other regional and global issues. While speaking with the Bhutanese Prime Minister, Mr Modi expressed his admiration for the way the King of Bhutan and the government led from the front to limit the spread of infection within the Kingdom. Dr Tshering and Mr Modi also discussed the regional situation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and updated each other about the steps being taken by their governments to control its effects.

Dr Tshering thanked Mr Modi for taking the lead to promote anti-COVID coordination at the regional level, even while fighting the pandemic within a large and complex country like India. The leaders expressed happiness at the progress made in implementing the special arrangements agreed on March 15 between the leaders of the SAARC countries. Prime Minister Modi referred to the timeless and special nature of India-Bhutan ties, and assured his Bhutanese counterpart that India would ensure all possible support to Bhutan for minimising the health and economic impact of the pandemic. (UNI)