India has sent food and medicines to Madagascar in response to an appeal for assistance to deal with natural calamities.
Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa arrived at Port Ehoala, Madagascar on March 22, 2021. The ship will deliver a consignment of 1,000 metric tonne of rice and 100,000 Hydroxychloroquine tablets in response to an appeal made by Madagascar for assistance to deal with natural calamities.
An official ceremony for handing over the aid from the India and Madagascar governments was held on March 23, 2021. The ceremony was attended by HE Christian Ntsay, the Prime Minister of Madagascar, Jerry Hatrefindrazana, Governor of Anosy Region and Georges Mamy Randrianaina, Mayor of Fort Dauphin.
From India, Abhay Kumar, the ambassador to Madagascar and Captain Pankaj Chauhan, Commanding Officer INS Jalashwa were present.
This is the second visit of an Indian Navy ship to the island country within a span of one year.
Earlier, as part of Mission Sagar-I, in May-June 2020, the Indian Navy had delivered essential medicines to the nation.
INS Jalashwa’s visit is in keeping with India’s response to the disasters that have struck Madagascar in the past year.
The outreach by the India aims to help Madagascar tide over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and severe drought that they have been facing.
‘Mission Sagar’ builds on the excellent relations existing between the two countries to battle the natural calamities and its resultant difficulties
The deployment also resonates the vision of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) and highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with the countries in the Indian Ocean Region.
The operation is being progressed in close coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs and other agencies of the Government of India.