New Delhi (NVI): India remains committed to continue its humanitarian support for the people in Myanmar in mitigating the health and economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic despite a military coup, the Ministry of External Affairs said today while noting that it is closely monitoring the developments in the country.
“India has extended assistance to Myanmar in its fight against Covid-19 by providing medicines, test kits and vaccines. We remain committed to continuing our humanitarian support for the people in Myanmar in mitigating the health and economic impact of pandemic,” MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said during weekly briefing here.
Srivastava said that India and Myanmar are neighbours with close cultural and people-to-people ties, bolstered by trade, economic, security and defence related exchanges.
“We are therefore monitoring developments in that country closely. We are also engaged on the issue as a member of the UN Security Council,” he added.
Pertinent to mention here that Myanmar military is now governing the country and has seized power from National League for Democracy which is led by Aung San Suu Kyi. She is reportedly under house arrest.
According to reports in foreign media, Myanmar military has justified its seizure of power earlier this week. It has alleged widespread fraud in elections held three months ago that Suu Kyi’s NLD won in a landslide. The opposition, which enjoys the backing of military, has also cried foul and claimed that there was widespread fraud in elections.
Many NLD leaders and party workers are reportedly detained. The Myanmar military has imposed a state of emergency for a year, and claimed it would then hold fresh elections.