COVID-19 crisis: Modi confers with Trump, Brazilian Prez, Spanish PM

COVID-19 crisis: Modi confers with Trump, Brazilian Prez, Spanish PM

COVID-19 crisis: Modi confers with Trump, Brazilian Prez, Spanish PM

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New Delhi , Apr 5:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump held a detailed discussion on the coronavirus crisis on Saturday and resolved to deploy the full strength of the Indo-US partnership to fight the global pandemic.

Modi also had separate telephonic conversations with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez Perez-Castejon, during which the leaders deliberated upon the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had a good discussion and agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight COVID-19,” Modi wrote on Twitter on his “extensive” telephonic conversation with Trump.

The prime minister and the US president exchanged views on the pandemic and its impact on the global well-being and economy, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. Modi and Trump also exchanged notes on the steps taken in their countries for mitigating the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.

The two leaders also touched upon the significance of practices such as yoga and ayurveda for ensuring physical and mental well-being in these difficult times, the PMO statement said. With Brazilian President Bolsonaro, Modi discussed the global situation in the wake of the pandemic.

“Had a productive telephone conversation with President @jairbolsonaro about how India and Brazil can join forces against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

Bolsonaro also tweeted in Portuguese about his discussion with Modi, saying he requested the latter for support in the continuity of the supply of pharmaceutical inputs for the production of hydroxychloroquine.

“We will spare no effort to save lives,” he said.

Modi conveyed his condolences for the loss of lives in Brazil due to COVID-19.

He said the prayers of every Indian were with the friendly people of Brazil at this time, according to the PMO.

The two leaders stressed on the significance of close cooperation between India and Brazil, bilaterally as well as within the multilateral institutional framework, to mitigate the grave crisis caused by COVID-19, the PMO statement said.

They agreed on the need to forge a new, human-centric concept of globalisation for the post-COVID world.

The prime minister assured the Brazilian president of all possible support in this difficult hour and the two leaders said their officials would remain in regular touch with respect to the COVID-19 situation and its emerging challenges, the PMO said.

Recalling the participation of Bolsonaro as the chief guest at the 70th Republic Day celebrations this year, Modi expressed happiness at the growing vibrancy in the India-Brazil friendship.

In his conversation with Pedro Sanchez Perez-Castejon, President of the Government (equivalent to Prime Minister) of Spain, Modi discussed the global challenge posed by COVID-19.

The two leaders agreed on the importance of international cooperation for fighting the global health crisis, the PMO said.

The Spanish prime minister agreed with Modi’s observation that the world needed to define a new, human-centric concept of globalisation for the post-COVID era.

Ranjini Trinitymirror

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