President Mahmoud Abbas today sought medical assistance from India to help fight the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the occupied Palestinian territories.
In a phone call with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Abbas expressed his confidence in the ability of India and the Indian people, under Modi’s wise leadership, to overcome the global ordeal –in reference to the coronavirus- and get out of it as quickly as possible and with minimal losses.
“In Palestine, we were able to make great progress in facing and controlling the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the Israeli occupation and the difficulties arising from it, we were able to make significant progress in this area,” Abbas said.
“Despite this progress, however, there is still a need for medicines and medical equipment,” Abbas added, and noted that the competent Palestinian authorities will contact their counterparts in India to cooperate in this field.
Abbas thanked Modi for his congratulations to the Palestinian people on the occasion of the upcoming holy month of Ramadan, and wished him continued health and success as a friend of the Palestinian people and leadership.
He expressed hope to meet Modi as soon as possible, following the eradication of the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Indian Prime Minister, who made the phone call, stressed India’s solidarity with the Palestinians in facing the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Modi pointed out that this global pandemic poses a threat to all of humanity, emphasizing India’s readiness to provide assistance, within the available capabilities, to the Palestinians to face this dangerous pandemic.