New Delhi: As the country battles a massive spike in coronavirus cases that has caused a severe shortage of medical oxygen and drugs in several states, Germany and the European Union on Sunday expressed solidarity with India, claiming that they extended their aid on a war footing. Read also – International flights: India-US flight prices triple after America’s advice against travel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her government was “urgently” preparing a “support mission” for India. In a message, Merkel said Germany stands in solidarity with India in the “common fight” against the COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and other world leaders express solidarity as India battles COVID crisis
“To the Indian people, I want to express my sympathy for the terrible suffering COVID-19 has again caused to your communities,” Merkel said.
“The fight against the pandemic is our common fight. Germany stands in solidarity with India and is urgently preparing a support mission, ”added.
His post was shared on Twitter by German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner.
EU must respond swiftly to India’s request for assistance
The European Union has said it is pooling its resources to respond quickly to help India fight COVID-19. A senior official from the powerful bloc of 27 countries said the European Union (EU) had already activated its Civil Protection Mechanism to mobilize support for India, including providing oxygen and medicines whose need was urgent.
“Alarmed by the epidemiological situation in India. We are ready to support. The EU is pooling resources to respond quickly to India’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, ”der Leyen said in a tweet.
EU Ambassador to India Ugo Astuto said the European Union, together with its member states, will do everything possible to support India at this difficult time.
Janez Lenarcic, EU Crisis Management Commissioner for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, said the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC) is coordinating with states members to provide urgently needed oxygen and medicine.
“At the request of #India for assistance, we activated the #EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The European Union will do everything possible to mobilize assistance to support the Indian people, ”he tweeted.
“Our #ERCC is already coordinating the EU member states that are ready to quickly deliver oxygen and needed medicine,” he said.
UK sends hundreds of oxygen concentrators and ventilators to India
The UK has said it is sending more than 600 medical devices, including oxygen concentrators and ventilators, to India to help the country amid soaring COVID-19 cases. The first shipment is expected to arrive in New Delhi on Tuesday, the British Foreign Office said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We stand with India as a friend and partner in the fight against COVID19. We will continue to work closely with the Indian government during this difficult time. “
Afghanistan expresses solidarity with India
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also expressed solidarity with India as it suffers the second wave of the pandemic.
“Our hearts are with the Indian people and government as they battle the appalling outbreak of COVID. On behalf of the Afghan people and government, we extend our condolences to the families who have lost loved ones and wish a speedy recovery to those suffering from the virus, ”Ghani tweeted.
Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar said India has the prayers and support of all the nations it has generously helped with COVID-19 vaccines.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the great peoples of India in this time of national struggle against Covid-19. India has the prayers and support of all the nations that it has generously helped with the COVID vaccines. “India will come out even stronger,” he said.
France supports India in the fight against COVID-19
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his solidarity with India on Friday and offered him the support of his country.
“I want to send a message of solidarity to the Indian people, facing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. France is with you in this fight which spares no one. We are ready to lend our support, ”Macron said.
(With PTI entries)