Saturday, May 01, 2021

Keep transport corridors and cargo flights open, EAM Jaishankar urges China amid Covid surge

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday emphasised to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi the need for China to keep open transport corridors and cargo flights as various Indian entities are commercially procuring various products from suppliers in that country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Jaishankar brought up the issue during a telephonic conversation with Wang who conveyed to him China's sympathy and solidarity with India in its fight against a severe wave of coronavirus pandemic.

The telephonic talks between the two foreign ministers came on a day Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed readiness to strengthen cooperation with India in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

"Highlighted the importance of supply chains and air flights being kept open in these circumstances. Welcomed his assurances in that regard, as also more openness to Indian chartered flights," Jaishankar tweeted.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the call was initiated at the request of the Chinese side.

01/05/21 PTI/India Today

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