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Pakistan agrees to join SAARC video-conference

Pakistan agrees to join SAARC video-conference

Islamabad: Pakistan has agreed to will participate in a video conference of SAARC member countries proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat the fast-spreading Coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 5,000 people globally.

Prime Minister Modi reached out to the eight-member regional grouping on Friday and pitched for a video conference among the leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to chalk out a strong strategy to combat the virus outbreak.

Pakistan responded positively to Modi's proposal, saying it was ready to participate in the conference, that will be held on Sunday, acknowledging that coordinated efforts were needed to minimise the threat posed by the deadly Coronavirus.

"We have communicated that SAPM (Special Assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister) on Health (Zafar Mirza) will be available to participate in the video conference of SAARC member countries on the issue," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said in a tweet.

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