Mike Pompeo and S Jaishankar discuss Covid-19's coordinated approach

WASHINGTON: Minister of Foreign Affairs S and Secretary of State of the United States Mike Pompeo He spoke on the phone to discuss a coordinated effort by India and the US. USA to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic that has so far infected more than 850,000 people and claimed more than 42,000 lives worldwide.

Jaishankar spoke to Pompeo by phone on Tuesday. This is the second call between the two leaders in the last few weeks after the outbreak.

Official sources said that the situation in Afghanistan was also discussed and that both sides agreed to regularly exchange views on developments in the war-torn country.

Jaishankar also petitioned the US Secretary of State. USA That it extend the visas of Indian students and professionals in the USA. USA Following the coronavirus outbreak.

Sources also said that Secretary Pompeo expressed his condolences to the families of the 25 people killed in a terrorist in a gurdwara in Kabul last week.

Earlier on March 14, the top two diplomats discussed ways that India and the United States could cooperate to address this global challenge.

The issue was also featured in talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of the USA. USA Donald trump during the latter's trip to India in February.

Our close cooperation is imperative to combat the coronavirus, including the strengthening of global pharmaceutical and healthcare manufacturing and supply chains, Pompeo said in a tweet after the phone call between the two leaders.

The number of people infected with the deadly disease rose to 164,000, and deaths crossed 3,100 in the United States.

In India, there are more than 1,400 infections and at least 38 deaths due to the disease.

According Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 850,000 people worldwide have contracted the disease, while more than 42,000 people have died from it.

According to state department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, the secretary of state highlighted the importance of continued close cooperation between the US, India and other close partners and allies to combat this international crisis.

He also reiterated the United States' unwavering commitment to work with India to promote peace, prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific and around the world, the spokesman said in a reading of the call.

Meanwhile, Trump said Tuesday that the next 30 days are very vital to the United States in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as it extended the guidelines for social distancing until April 30.