Taiwan to provide assistance to India: Foreign Ministry

Taipei-Taiwan is preparing medical aid and other forms of assistance for India as the COVID-19 crisis there worsens, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Monday.

"MOFA has directed the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India to learn about their most pressing medical needs," MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou (???) said in a statement.

"We have begun to coordinate with medical institutions and relevant platforms in Taiwan to consolidate resources and to speed up humanitarian assistance procedures," she said.

Ou said oxygen-related equipment is part of the aid Taiwan is planning to provide.

MOFA's statement came after the Kuomintang issued a statement calling on the government to offer assistance to India and to Taiwanese nationals living in that country.

India has recorded 17,313,163 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 26, with 195,123 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

On Monday, 352,991 new cases were recorded in India, setting a new global high for a fifth consecutive day.

Ou said Taiwan's two offices in New Delhi and in Chennai have been contacting overseas Taiwanese in their jurisdictions to learn about their situation and to provide necessary assistance.

In addition, Ou said Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???) has asked his deputies to convey the concern of Taiwan's people and their willingness to help to Gourangalal Das, India's top envoy in Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel