Describing COVID-19 as a “shared problem” and a “global crisis”, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that India had earlier extended its friendship and support to other countries by sending medicines and vaccines and now seeing it Is being changed Increase in coronavirus cases in the country.
Speaking with ANI in an exclusive interview, Mr. Jaishankar said that there was a need to understand the uniqueness of the problem being faced by the global community and that people were connecting with the situation facing India.
“As I said COVID is a common problem. Now look at last year, when it came or even this year when it came to medicines, we gave hydroxychloroquine, paracetamol, we gave it to the US, we gave it to Singapore, We gave to European countries., We sent medical teams to Kuwait, we gave vaccines to some countries. Now what you describe as help, we describe friendship as support.
# Watch “What you describe as aid, we call friendship …. For me, I have a purpose, my people are going through a very difficult phase in this second wave of COVID19, as a foreign minister. In, I will do everything to help me. People say, “EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar pic.twitter.com/PVZGvhz9Py
– ANI (@ANI) 5 May, 2021
He was asked if there was any change in India’s policy and whether it was accepting aid now. “I think it’s not in my mind to present the situation properly,” he said.
He said that the world has never seen a global crisis of this proportion and for this people need to come together. He said that there should not be point-scoring.
“I think we have to understand the uniqueness of the problem we are facing today. So when you say it’s not the same as before, see if there was no COVID before. Never really in our lifetime. Happened. I’m older than you. ” They have never seen a global crisis of this proportion, the global crisis requires people to come together, so I think this kind of aid type argument is such a point scoring, I think people Are not adding to the problem ideologically, ”he said.
The minister, who has been India’s foreign secretary, said he would do everything in his power to “get our help for the people” and take advantage of all their relationships. He said that people in India were going through a very difficult phase of COVID in the second wave.
“The kind of situation I am seeing and you are seeing in Delhi, I will do everything in my power to get the help of my people, so I will take advantage of all my relationships. I have worked my shift in the past and people. Knows that. I would like to do that. There are people who at least say ‘I am morally with you, I think I like to do something that I limit.’
“We are getting support from outside. For me, I have a purpose. My people are going through a very difficult period of COVID in the second wave. As the Foreign Minister, as the head of someone’s ministry whose world There is a connection throughout, I will. Everything that I have accumulated over many years. It is my duty. It is natural, “he said.
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