KATHMANDU, April 10: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday held telephone conversation in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
After the conversation, Oli tweeted in Nepali saying that they discussed various measures to enhance cooperation in the battle against novel coronavirus.
"We stressed the need on taking care of each other's citizens that are left stranded along the bordering areas due to the lockdown imposed in both the countries," Oli said.
The prime minister also shared that they discussed on keeping the supplies of goods smooth. "I expressed gratitude to the Indian government for providing medicines and equipments," PM Oli added.
Meanwhile, Indian PM Modi tweeted that he discussed the prevailing situation due to COVID-19 with Nepali counterpart. " I appreciate the determination of people of Nepal to fight this challenge. We stand in solidarity with Nepal in our common fight against COVID-19," Modi said.
In a press statement, Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the two Prime Ministers discussed about the present situation of fight against COVID-19 and agreed to further intensify the ongoing efforts.
In the context of present state of lockdown in both the countries, the two Prime Ministers agreed to look after the welfare and medical care of the people of two countries currently living in each other’s territory, according to MoFA.
Oli, on behalf of the Government and people of Nepal, expressed thanks to the Government, people and the Prime Minister of India for the supply of essential medicines and medical logistics that are in pipeline.
"The two Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction on the smooth supply of essential goods across the border and underlined the need for ensuring its continuity in the present situation," MoFA said.
During the telephone conversation, the two Prime Ministers also expressed satisfaction that the video conference of the SAARC leaders provided a timely impetus to all countries in the region to intensify their efforts of fighting against COVID-19,
"The Prime Minister of Nepal extended sincere condolences to the Government and people of India as well as to the bereaved family members of those who lost lives due to coronavirus in India. The Prime Minister of India appreciated the determination of the people of Nepal to fight against the challenge of COVID-19," stated the press statement.
During the conversation, the two prime Ministers also touched upon the multi-dimensional friendly relations existing between the two countries and stressed on further consolidating and strengthening the relations for mutual benefit.