New Delhi: Hours after interacting with social organisation heads over the corona pandemic outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with the Heads of all of India’s Embassies and High Commissions worldwide. Also Read - Whole Nation Displaying Immense Resilience While Facing Challenges of COVID-19: PM Modi
Notably, this conference – the first such event for Indian Missions worldwide—was convened to discuss responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - Central Railway to Run 3 Special Parcel Trains to Transport Essential Commodities During Lockdown
Interacting with them through video conferencing, PM emphasised that the unity and alertness of all Indians would help safeguard the nation’s future.
“This was an unavoidable step taken to fight this pandemic, but it was also hugely consequential, as the closure of the globalized system has had an extensive and far-reaching impact upon the international transport system, financial markets and the global economy,” he said.
Addressing the heads of Indian Embassies, PM Modi said the country has taken unprecedented and early steps in response to this pandemic from mid-January this year to reduce the risk of importing the infection.
PM Modi also praised them for their efforts to evacuate Indians stranded abroad in some of the epicentres of the crisis.
PM Modi asked them to take steps to ensure their own health and safety, and that of their teams and families. He also asked them to attend to Indians who remain in various foreign countries, given the uncertainty of continuing international travel restrictions.
Further, he asked them to help boost the morale of such compatriots abroad, and to help them address issues arising from their unplanned stay abroad, with their host Governments, and also to address other problems Indians might face abroad, including arranging shelter, where necessary and feasible.
He also asked them to pay attention to the evolving international political and economic situation, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In all, 10 Heads of Mission in Beijing, Washington DC, Tehran, Rome, Berlin, Kathmandu, Abu Dhabi, Kabul, Male, and Seoul attended the meeting through video conferencing.
On the other hand, they also shared feedback regarding appreciation in their countries of accreditation of the resolute measures taken by India to combat this pandemic.
In the conclusion, PM Modi stressed that India’s Missions abroad may well be far from home, but they remain full participants in India’s fight against COVID-19.