As part of Mission Sagar, Indian Naval Ship Kesari entered Port of Moroni in Comoros on 31 May 2020. The Government of India in these difficult times is providing assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic and towards the same INS Kesari is carrying a consignment of COVID related essential medicines for the people of Comoros.
In addition, a 14-member specialist medical team comprising Indian Navy doctors and paramedics is also embarked onboard this ship to work alongside their counterparts in Comoros, and together render assistance for Covid-19 and dengue fever. The medical team comprises specialists including Medical and Community specialists, and a Pathologist.
An official ceremony for handing over the medicines from the Government of India to Government of Comoros was held on 31 May 2020. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Mrs. Loub Yacout Zaidou, Minister of Health, Solidarity, Social Protection and Gender Promotion of Comoros. The Indian side was represented by Commander Mukesh Tayal, Commanding Officer Indian Naval Ship Kesari, and Hon. Consul of India in Comoros Mr. Saguir Sam.
Comoros and India have always enjoyed close and friendly relations and have similarities of view on regional and global issues. The assistance to Comoros is part of the Government of India outreach amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and for dengue fever. ‘Mission Sagar’, builds on the excellent relations existing between the two countries to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant difficulties.
The deployment resonates the vision of our Prime Minister for ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)’ and highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with the countries in the IOR. The operation is being progressed in close coordination with the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, and other agencies of the Government of India.