Several countries are coming forward to assist India in its moment of crisis

Amidst the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, Qatar has joined the list of countries from the Gulf to have pledged solidarity and support India in its fight against Covid-19 pandemic. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAE have already extended their support.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a telephonic conversation with Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. He thanked him for offering support in India's fight against the deadly coronavirus.

Prime Minister Modi in a tweet said he had a “good conversation” with Hamad Al Thani and conveyed "our gratitude" for the care being provided to the Indian community in Qatar.

"Had a good conversation with His Highness @TamimBinHamad, Emir of Qatar today. I thanked His Highness for the solidarity and offer of support in India's fight against COVID-19. I also conveyed our gratitude for the care being provided to the Indian community in Qatar," he tweeted.

During their telephonic conversation they discussed the two countries’ latest efforts in containing the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and ways to enhance joint cooperation to contain the virus and enhance protection against it.

In that regard, the Amir expressed Qatar's solidarity with the Indian people, in the efforts India is exerting in facing a new wave of the virus, expressing condolences on the victims, and wishing the infected a swift recovery.

The call also focused on reviewing bilateral cooperation between Qatar and India, ways to develop and enhance them, in addition to regional and international issues of joint interest.

The solidarity and support offered by Qatar is in continuation of help and assistance from several countries coming forward to assist India in view of the unexpected surge in Covid-19 cases in India.

Another ally, Kuwait, showed its readiness in continuing with its health cooperation and to collaborate in taking practical steps to meet the current challenges.

External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar on Tuesday received a call from Kuwaiti foreign minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah.

“Appreciated the call from Kuwaiti FM @anmas71. In line with our continuing health cooperation, discussed practical steps to meet the current challenges. Value the sentiments and solidarity,” he tweeted.

Earlier, the Embassy of India in Saudi Arabia had partnered with Adani group and M/s Linde in shipping 80 MT liquid oxygen to India. In addition to ISO cryogenic tanks, Adani group had also secured from Linde Saudi Arabia 5,000 medical-grade oxygen cylinders.

The Indian Embassy thanked Saudi Arabia for its help, support and cooperation.

“Embassy of India is proud to partner with Adani group and M/s Linde in shipping much needed 80MT liquid oxygen to India. Our heartfelt thanks to the Ministry of Health Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for all their help, support and cooperation,” said a tweet by the Indian Embassy in Riyadh.

Continuing with the cooperation with Saudi Arabia, an Indian Air force C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft had transported six empty cryogenic oxygen cylinders from Dubai to India after New Delhi hired the containers directly from the private sector in Dubai.

Earlier on Sunday, External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar held a telephonic conversation with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan during his visit to Abu Dhabi where UAE expressed his solidarity with India.

Talking about the meeting with Zayed, Jaishankar in a tweet had said, “Appreciated the call yesterday from HH Sheikh @ABZayed, FM of UAE expressing his solidarity with India. As always, I deeply value good wishes and international cooperation.”