‘We shall win this together’, PM replies to Trump

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday responded to US President Donald Trump‘s praise after New Delhi lifted export ban on a malaria medicine, saying that both India and US would win this fight (against coronavirus) together.
“Fully agree with you President Donald Trump. Times like these bring friends closer. The India-US partnership is stronger than ever. India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19. We shall win this together,” Modi tweeted while responding to Trump’s message.

President Donald Trump has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “terrific” for allowing the export of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to the US, seen as a possible cure for COVID-19, saying India’s help in the extraordinary times “will not be forgotten”.
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India, the largest producer of hydroxychloroquine, agreed to lift the ban on the export of the medicine to the US after Trump spoke to Modi on phone last week. Three Gujarat-based companies would export these tablets to the US, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Tuesday.
“I want to thank Prime Minister Modi of India for allowing us to have what we requested for the problem that arose and he was terrific. We will remember it,” Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference on coronavirus on Wednesday.
In a tweet hours earlier, Trump praised Modi for his strong leadership and said that India’s help during this crisis will not be forgotten.
“Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten!” he said.
(With inputs fronm agencies)

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