India has always been a reliable responder to the requests made by Comoros

Indian Naval Ship Kesari arrived at the port of Moroni, Comoros on Friday to extend technical assistance to the Comorian Coast Guard.

The visit comes as a response to the request made by the Comorian Coast Guard (CCG) to the Indian Navy, during the recently conducted Goa Maritime Conclave, for providing technical assistance in repairing a grounded patrol vessel of CCG: P002-M' kombozi, said a statement of the Indian Embassy in Madagascar.

The Chief of Comorian Coast Guard Commander Moudjib Rahmane Adane traveled to India to attend the Goa Maritime Conclave from November 7-9, 2021, it stated.

According to the statement, India has always been a reliable responder to the requests made by Comoros.

In March 2021, Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa delivered 1000 metric tons of rice to Comoros as a fulfillment of the grant announcement made during the visit, it mentioned.

The statement further said that the visit of INS Kesari reflects India’s commitment to work together with Comoros, its maritime neighbour and partner in the Indian Ocean Region.

The Foreign Minister of Comoros Dhoihir Dhoulkamal visited India from February 3 to 5, 2021 to participate in the Aero India 2021 and IOR Defence Ministers Conclave at Bengaluru, it noted.

On April 25, 2020, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Minister of Comoros had a telephonic conversation, leading to the deployment of a 14-member Indian Medical Assistant Team to Comoros, it informed.

The statement said that in June 2020, Indian Naval Ship Kesari supplied a consignment of COVID-19 related essential medicines from India and a 14-member Indian Medical Assistance Team arrived on-board INS Kesari to work with the Comorian health authorities in dealing with Covid-19 situation and dengue fever.

Vice-President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu visited Comoros from 10-12 October, 2019, it further said.

Six MoUs were signed during the visit of the Indian Vice-President including MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Defence, the statement added.

India remains committed to further strengthening its development partnership with Comoros that aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR that stands for Security And Growth for All in the Indian Ocean Region, it maintained.