NEW DELHI: India has successfully managed to bring Indian citizens from Iran back to India.
Most of them are students and pilgrims who were stranded in Iran amid coronavirus scare.
Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India tweeted:
It is worth mentioning that IAF’s C-17 Globemaster III has brought back 76 Indians & 36 nationals from 7 countries – Bangladesh, Myanmar, Maldives, China, South Africa, USA and Madagascar, Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India tweeted through his account.
The plane comprising the crew, medical team & support staff, carrying 15 tonnes of medical supplies departed from Air Force Station, Palam on February 26.
In another successful operation, an Air India flight carrying 119 Indians & 5 nationals from Sri Lanka,Nepal, South Africa and Peru, who were quarantined on board luxury cruise ship Diamond Princess in Japan due to COVID-19 also landed in Delhi from Tokyo in February.
It is important to note that, 640 Indians have been evacuated due to coronavirus outbreak in China in a complex operation which was carried out with cooperation from Chinese authorities.
Two Air India special flights had landed in Wuhan to evacuate Indians.
India on Sunday offered $10 million to set up a common voluntary emergency fund for the members of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
In an unprecedented move in the diplomatic history of the world, eight countries of SAARC held a web-summit to chalk out a joint strategy to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has hit the world.
The initiative was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of the WHO advisory to avoid public gatherings. The proposal was welcomed and accepted by other members of the SAARC – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.