Indian Prime Minister Modi calls President Museveni over coronavirus

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi; File

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had a telephone conversation with President Museveni about the challenges arising out of the coronavirus pandemic in Uganda.

Modi also pledged his country’s support to fight coronavirus in Uganda.

 “I Spoke on phone to President Yoweri Museveni about the challenges arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. India will support, in every way it can, Uganda’s efforts to control the spread of the virus.” Modi tweeted.

In response, President Museveni returned the favor and expressed optimism that Uganda and India can cooperate and build synergies to defeat coronavirus.

Details of the support India plans to give Uganda however, remains scanty.

Later, Modi had another conversation with the president of the Korean republic Moon Jae-in over the same. The two leaders discussed COVID-19 global pandemic and the challenges it posed to the global health systems and economic situation.

The two leaders shared information about the steps taken in their countries to tackle the pandemic. They also agreed that their experts would continue to consult each other and share experiences, as they research solutions for COVID-19.

Both India and Uganda have historical ties dating back to 1890’s when Indians first came to Uganda. There are more than 15,000 Indians living in Uganda, and recently the Indian community expressed interest to be officially recognized as a native tribe in Uganda.

Uganda has registered 53 confirmed cases of coronavirus ever since the pandemic broke out late last year, and no death has so far been confirmed in Uganda as yet.

On the other hand, with more than 1.37 BN people, India has confirmed over 2,637 cases with 186 deaths.

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