India has stepped forward as a leader in the fight against coronavirus, says congressman

WASHINGTON: India has stepped forward as a leader in the fight against, an influential US lawmaker said Thursday who applauded New Delhi for providing the United States with vital supplies such as massive amounts of hydroxychloroquine.

The Republic of India is one of the United States' closest and most important allies, and our relationship has always had bipartisan support in Washington, DC. I am grateful that India has stepped forward as a leader in the fight against coronavirus, and I am pleased that our special remains strong during this pandemic, said Congressman George Holding, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and the American Indians.

In a statement, the influential legislator of North Carolina He also appreciated the role that non-profit organizations and Indian-American community organizations play in the pandemic of dependent work in the United States.

In the United States, Sewa International (an Indian-based service organization) has been working tirelessly to donate masks, provide meals to first responders and ensure that vulnerable populations have access to food and medicine across the country, Holding said.

Sewa has also provided support systems by holding briefings, while Indo-American hoteliers have stepped up and donated temporary accommodation to Indian international students in the United States he added.

Holding said the India n government has been hard at work both in their country and in the United States to help the international community fight COVID-19. "It's amazing to see how one of our closest and most important partners can have such an impact in our country from nearly ten thousand miles away," he said.

Together, the Indian and American governments have been able to identify the necessary measures to push us to fight this pandemic, Holding said.

India has shown that they are committed to keeping key supply and logistics chains open for pharmaceutical and medical products – benefitting both the United States and India 's own regional neighbors he added.

"In early April, Prime Minister () Modi and President worked together to overcome the challenges that international trade faces amidst national lockdowns. Since then, India has provided the United States with vital supplies such as mass quantities of Hydroxychloroquine," said the Republican lawmaker.

Observing that the US- India partnership has also directly impacted the lives of many Americans, he said as of April 16th, more than 1,500 American citizens have returned home to the United States from India thanks to the facilitation of India n authorities.

I am proud to see that the sense of community replaces borders and cultures during a time of international crisis, Holding said.

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