In an effort to bolster international cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached out to the leaders of several countries. In a series of phone calls with world leaders, Modi has sought to coordinate a global response to the global health crisis.
The prime minister’s outreach began on March 22, when he called German Chancellor Angela Merkel and spoke of the need for a “strong global response” to the pandemic. He also discussed the importance of multilateral cooperation in dealing with the crisis.
In the days that followed, Modi spoke with several other world leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During these conversations, the prime minister discussed the need for a coordinated global response to the crisis, and highlighted India’s own efforts to contain the virus.
In addition to discussing the need for an international response, Modi also sought to deepen India’s ties with these countries. He discussed with Trudeau ways to enhance India-Canada trade and investment, and spoke with Abe about the importance of India-Japan collaborations. He also discussed with Macron ways to boost India-France ties.
The prime minister’s outreach has been widely praised. In a statement, the Indian Foreign Ministry said that “the discussions were held in a very cordial atmosphere and reflected the depth and warmth of the strategic partnership that India enjoys with these countries.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected countries around the world, and it is only through an international response that the virus can be defeated. It is heartening to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepping up to the plate and leading India’s efforts to coordinate a global response to the crisis.