Issue Brief on “SAARC Leaders Unite To Fight Covid-19”


As the world grapples with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the South Asian leaders held a video conference on March 15, 2020 to formulate a joint strategy that would help in curbing the rapid spread of the virus in the region.

Dr. Zafar Mirza, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health represented the Pakistani side. The video conference which was proposed by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was attended by Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina Wajid, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and other South Asian leaders. This was the first time after the 18th SAARC Summit held in Nepal in 2014 that the South Asian leaders got together.

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