India has invited all SAARC nations, including Pakistan for a virtual meeting of countries of the regional forum on Covid-19 on Thursday. Pakistan has accepted the invitation and agreed to participate.
Sources told India Today TV that the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will attend a workshop organised by India on the management of Covid-19, response to the pandemic, and exchange of best practices.
The meeting will be held at the Health Secretary-level and would be presided over by India’s health secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
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Most of the invited countries, including Pakistan, have confirmed their participation. Pakistan’s SAPM (Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan) on Health and Federal Health Secretary, Faisal Sultan, will represent his country at the meet.
This will be the second such meet on the coronavirus pandemic that has been organised by India.
In March last year, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a SAARC meet on COVID-19 pandemic. While all heads of government/state participated in the virtual meet, Islamabad had downgraded its level of participation by sending the then SAPM on health Zafar Mirza.
Earlier, India had announced the establishment of an emergency fund for SAARC nations and contributed $10 million to the corpus.
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