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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina discuss COVID-19 issue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina discuss COVID-19 issue

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 April 2020 5:49 AM GMT

A Correspondent

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday discussed the regional situation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and briefed each other about the steps being taken to mitigate its effects in the respective country.

Officials in PMO said that Prime Minister Modi also conveyed greetings to Hasina on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramzaan over telephone.

Both 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 thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for contribution of USD 1.5 million towards SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund, officials said.

Prime Minister Hasina thanked Modi for taking lead in coordinating efforts to combat COVID 19 in the region and for supplying aid to Bangladesh, both in terms of medical supplies and capacity building.

Both the leaders expressed satisfaction at continuation of supply of essential items across the border through road, rail, inland waterways and air.

Prime Minister Modi, recalling the shared bonds of history, culture, language and fraternal ties, expressed satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral relations, and ensured India’s readiness to help Bangladesh in containing the spread of COVID-19 and in mitigating the health and economic impact of the pandemic.

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