New Delhi: An Indian Naval Ship, Kesari, with Medical Assistance Teams embarked, departed for Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros, on Sunday. The ship also carries food items, COVID-related medicines including HCQ Tablets and special Ayurvedic medicines for these countries as part of Indian government’s outreach amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“This deployment as ‘Mission Sagar’, is in line with India’s role as the first responder in the region and builds on the excellent relations existing between these countries to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant difficulties,” a Defence ministry spokesperson stated here.
As part of ‘Mission Sagar’, INS Kesari would enter the Port of Male in Republic of Maldives, to provide them 600 tons of food provisions. India and Maldives are close maritime neighbours with strong and extremely cordial defence and diplomatic relations.
“The deployment is in consonance with the Indian Prime Minister’s vision of security and growth for all in the region,” a Defence ministry official communication stated. It added that this mission highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with her neighbouring countries. “‘Mission Sagar” further strengthens the existing bond,” it said.
The operation is being progressed in close coordination with the ministries of Defence and External Affairs, and other agencies of the Indian government.[the_ad_placement id=”sidebar-feed”]