Video conference of SAARC nations on coronavirus to be held on Sunday



News Desk, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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The top leaders of the SAARC nations are set to join a videoconference tomorrow to devise a strong strategy to fight the lethal coronavirus.

The heads of state or government of the seven South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries will join a videoconference at 5.30 pm Bangladesh time following a proposal of Indian Premier Narendra Modi to chalk out a strong strategy to combat the deadly coronavirus also known as COVIT-19, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told a press briefing at State Guest House “Padma” in the capital on Saturday (March 14) night.

The foreign minister said the heads of state or government of seven SAARC countries including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Premier Narendra Modi will participate in the videoconference.

He, however, said the Pakistan health adviser Dr. Zafar Mirza will join the videoconference on behalf of his country.

On Friday, the Indian premier proposed that the leadership of SAARC nations chalk out a strong strategy to fight coronavirus. “We could discuss, via videoconference, ways to keep our citizens healthy,” he tweeted.

Modi also said, “Together, we can set an example to the world, and contribute to a healthier planet as our planet is battling the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus”.

In response to Modi’s tweet, the leaders of SARRC nations including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina welcomed the proposal of the Indian premier and gave their consent to join the videoconference.

According to latest media reports 5,619 people have so far died and 150,649 others have been infected by the coronavirus outbreak that had spread over 149 countries and territories.