Nepal envoy to India, Nilambar Acharya said on Monday that South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is alive and indicated a possible summit in future. His remarks came one day after SAARC video conferencing was held to plan a strategy to fight with the coronavirus outbreak.
Nilambar Acharya told ANI, “We highly appreciate this decision. It is a great example of dealing with collective problems. We should combine our resources and exchange our best practices to fight it.”
As the Novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout the whole world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a tweet on Sunday called the SAARC leaders for a video conference. The aim of the conference was to chalk out a strategy to deal with the crisis. The latest video conference on COVID-19 for SAARC nations indicated that it is still “alive” and there “will be a summit”.
While talking about the conference, the envoy also reacted to the Pakistan representative bringing up the Kashmir issue at the SAARC conference. It has been years that any SAARC meeting didn’t take place due to terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri. As per sources, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan didn’t attend the conference while the country was represented by Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on Health, Zafar Mirza.
The envoy also reacted to the Pakistan representative bringing up the Kashmir issue at SAARC conference. The ambassador said, “Instead of talking on other issues, countries should focus on the main issue (coronavirus).”
According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, India has 125 positive cases and 2 have died. Maharashtra has maximum 36 cases and Kerala is the second highest, with 22. Several states in India have shut down all schools, colleges, gyms, night clubs until March 31.
The visit to all Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-protected monuments (over 3000) have been shut down by the central government in fear of the COVID-19 infection. The Health Ministry has also informed that passengers travelling to India from EU countries, UK, Turkey and European free trade association will not be allowed from March 18, 2020.