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Russian, Indian foreign ministers discuss fight against coronavirus pandemic

The sides also discussed prospects for the Afghan settlement, the activity of BRICS during the Russian presidency, as well cooperation in the Russia-India-China format

MOSCOW, April 23./TASS/. The foreign ministers of Russia and India, Sergey Lavrov and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, discussed fight against the coronavirus pandemic in a phone call on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry reports.

The diplomats "discussed key issues on the bilateral and international agenda, including cooperation in fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the light of the recent decisions of the UN General Assembly, prospects for the Afghan settlement, the activity of BRICS during the Russian presidency, as well cooperation in the Russia-India-China format," the ministry said.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 2,600,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 184,000 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 723,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

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