Almaty. May 14.
Information Center - The Government of Kazakhstan has provided humanitarian
assistance to India during serious epidemiological situation of COVID-19 in
accordance with instructions from President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and guided by
the principles of strategic partnership between the two states, AKIPRESS reports citing the Kazakh foreign ministry.
The first of the two Kazakh aircrafts with its cargo landed
at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi in the morning on May
14 with the second batch expected to arrive several hours later.
Humanitarian aid weighing around 40 tons includes medical
masks, respirators, protective suits and portable artificial lung ventilation
devices from Kazakhstan manufacturers in the healthcare sector. The aid was
officially handed over at the airport by Ambassador of Kazakhstan to India
Nurlan Zhalgasbayev and to Director of the Eurasian Department of the Ministry
of External Affairs of India Bandaru Wilsonbabu.
On 4 May, President Tokayev addressed a telegram to Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing "deep solidarity with the Indian
nation over the devastating COVID-19 surge in this country", and on May 7,
instructed the Government of Kazakhstan to provide and despatch the necessary
assistance to the Indian authorities.
In 2020, India had sent hydroxychloroquine tablets to help
Kazakhstan fight the pandemic.