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Bangladesh Navy ship sails for Maldives with food, medicines

  • Published at 08:10 pm April 15th, 2020
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Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has reiterated Bangladesh’s solidarity with the Maldives in facing the threat of Covid-19 together

A ship of Bangladeshi Navy has sailed for the Maldives carrying medicines, equipment and food as assistance.

The Bangladesh government has always come forward for any need for the neighbouring country.

In that regard, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided to assist her Maldives counterpart, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, with emergency medicine, medical equipment and food, as a sign of friendship for the fight against coronavirus worldwide.

The Navy ship “Somudra Avijan” has sailed from Chittagong Naval Jetty on Wednesday afternoon. Rear Admiral M Mahbub ul Islam, the commander BN Fleet as well as high-up officials of the Chittagong Navy were presented at the time.

Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) revealed the information via a press release on Wednesday.

The ship sailed with 20 thousand sets PPE, 5,000 hand sanitizers, 960 safety glasses and 40 cartons of emergency medicine. Besides, 85 tons of food were also shipped, read the release.

The release also said that the captain of ship's Commander AFM Ahsan Uddin will officially hand over all the material to the Maldives delegation in the presence of Bangladesh Ambassador Rear Admiral Mohammad Nazmul Hassan who would reach the Maldives on April 25.

The vessel is expected to return to the country on April 30 after carrying out emergency assistance.

Bangladesh Navy, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Directorate General of Drug Administration, relevant District Administration, and other concerned authorities of the government as well as some Bangladeshi pharmaceutical companies have worked together to gather the assistance materials for the Maldives in a very short time, in the backdrop of a challenging phase that Bangladesh itself is passing currently.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen is in touch with his Maldivian counterpart and has reiterated Bangladesh’s solidarity with the Maldives in facing the threat of Covid-19 together, reports UNB.

On March 15, Bangladesh also pledged US$ 1.5 million to the Covid-19 Regional Fund proposed by India during the Saarc Leaders’ video conference.