Rajnath, Esper discuss COVID-19; agreed to remain in touch

Team India Sentinels Friday 20th of March 2020 10:51 PM

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and US counterpart Secretary of Defence Mark T Esper on Friday discussed about the grave situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic and agreed to remain in touch during this trying period.

Both the ministers expressed confidence that through open communication and mutual support, the world can overcome the pandemic.

“Mr Singh briefed Secretary Esper about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to coordinate COVID-19 relief efforts in South Asia,” a defence official said.

Besides, the two defence ministers reviewed progress in bilateral defence cooperation spanning cooperation in the region, expanding military-to-military engagements and defence trade and industry, as part of India-US comprehensive global strategic partnership.

He invited Secretary Esper to visit India at the earliest convenience.

Coronavirus has infected more than 2,45,000 people and killed more than 10,000 across the world.

Meanwhile, India has reported four deaths and 240 cases so far.

In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for Janata Curfew on March 22 and urged people to avoid panic-buying.

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