PM Modi to Address NAM on India's Covid-19 Strategy

P.M Narendra Modi will participate Monday in a virtual Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit meant to discuss ways to jointly fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. While the P.M has repeatedly underscored the significance of international collaboration in combating the virus, Modi at NAM will still have some novelty value, as he has avoided attending NAM summits in the past, marking as many have said a significant departure in India 's foreign policy.

Modi became the first full-time India n P.M to skip the NAM summit in 2016. He did it again in 2019, in a decision seen as confirming India 's move from non-alignment to what is described these days by India n authorities as multi-alignment.

However, keep in mind that this is not the usual NAM summit. It is a virtual meeting and will feature the participation of a limited number of member states, a source said.

Modi is expected to describe India's Covid-19 strategy in a statement at the meeting.

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev , quien es el actual President de NAM, presidirá la reunión.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and WHO DG Ghebreyesus are also expected to address the summit entitled United against Covid-19.

A diplomatic source said the summit was expected to underscore the importance of multilateralism in addressing the challenges NAM countries face in dealing with the virus.

Modi is expected to highlight that, in these difficult times, India has remained responsible for meeting our international commitments, as the MEA has repeatedly said. This is most obvious in the way it has handled the worldwide demands for HCQ tablets and other medications.

To date, India has provided 2.8 million HCQ tablets as grant aid to 25 countries. In addition, HCQ and paracetamol shipments are shipped to 87 countries on a commercial basis.