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Mujib Mashal has been reporting from Afghanistan for the NYT for the past five years. In his new role, he will report on India’s internal politics and the rest of the SAARC countries.
Pakistan and Nepal are busy pencilling in new maps as South Asian ‘big brother’ India watches haplessly. Modi government needs to get its regional act together.
The conference will deliberate on ways to promote deeper cooperation to combat coronavirus crisis among the member countries.
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Pakistan finally contributes $3 million to SAARC Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund, announced by PM Modi on 15 March.
The consignment was sent to Colombo by an Air India special charter flight. It was sent as a donation under the SAARC framework.
Most SAARC nations face shortage of medical and other essential supplies as well as challenge of exporting products to international markets because of lockdown.
India has already assisted the Maldives in the battle against the coronavirus, and says it’s ready to help others too, as and when they ask for it.
During his address at G20 Extraordinary Virtual Leaders’ Summit, Modi stressed the need for a humanitarian, not just economic, approach to globalisation.
The G20 countries are set to meet today via videoconference to deal with the ongoing deadly pandemic.