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India sends special flight with medical relief to coronavirus-hit China

A Ministry of External Affairs statement said the Indian Air Force special flight will also evacuate some Indian and foreign nationals from China.

Published: 26th February 2020 04:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th February 2020 04:50 PM   |  A+A-

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By IANS

NEW DELHI: China on Wednesday permitted India to send its special flight with around 15 tonnes of medical relief to Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic.

A Ministry of External Affairs statement said the Indian Air Force special flight will also evacuate some Indian and foreign nationals from China.

The government said the flight carrying 15 tonnes of medical assistance, including masks, gloves and other equipment, was sent as a gesture of "friendship" and "solidarity" with the people of China on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had written to Chinese President Xi Jinping on February 8, expressing solidarity and also offering assistance in this hour of crisis.

The medical supplies will help augment China's efforts to control the outbreak of the epidemic. The IAF flight will also bring back some Indian and foreign nationals of neighbouring countries who had sought assistance from India.

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