Covid-19: PM Modi holds telephonic conversation with leaders of Tanzania and Lao PDR

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held telephonic calls with President of Tanzania John Pombe Joseph Magufuli and PM of Lao People’s Democratic Republic Thongloun Sisoulith to discuss the Covid-19 situation.
PM Modi, during his conversation with the Tanzanian President, thanked him for the assistance provided by the authorities for evacuation of Indian citizens from Tanzania in the wake of Covid-19, acording to an official statement.
The PM warmly recalled his July 2016 visit to Dar-es-Salaam and stressed on the importance that India attaches to its traditionally friendly ties with Tanzania.
"He reiterated India’s commitment to partnering Tanzania in its development journey, as per the aspirations and needs of the Tanzanian government and people," the statement read.
The two leaders reviewed the overall bilateral relationship also and expressed satisfaction at the growing development partnership, educational linkages, and trade and investment flows between India and Tanzania, and discussed possibilities of further accelerating these trends.
"The Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes to President Magufuli and the people of Tanzania for the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Tanzania later this year," the statement said.
During the telephone call with the PM of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the two leaders exchanged views on the health and economic challenges posed by the global Covid-19 pandemic.
"The Prime Minister commended the effective measures undertaken by the government of Lao PDR to contain spread of the pandemic in Laos," said the statement.
Both leaders agreed on the need for international cooperation, and for sharing of best-practices and experiences, in order to prepare for the post-Covid world.
During the conversation, the PM highlighted India’s historic and cultural links with Laos and expressed satisfaction at being involved in the restoration of the world heritage site at Vat Phou.
Sisoulith also thanked PM Modi for India’s support for Lao’s development programmes, in capacity building and for scholarships, the official statement said.
"The PM reiterated India’s commitment to continue its development partnership with Lao PDR, a valued partner in India’s extended neighbourhood," it added.

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