US Secretary of State Pompeo and Indian EAM Jaishankar discuss cooperation in tackling COVID-19

File photo courtesy: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar
File photo courtesy: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held talks about COVID-19 and the importance of Indo-US cooperation to combat the coronavirus by strengthening global pharmaceutical supply chains.

"Good call today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on the US-India partnership. Our close cooperation is imperative to combat the coronavirus, including strengthening global pharmaceutical and healthcare manufacturing and supply chains," tweeted Pompeo.

The United States has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world while India too has seen a sharp increase in the number of infections. 

India ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, on Monday said India and the US are maintaining strong and robust cooperation of medical specialists in the fight against the coronavirus.

The United States had earlier also announced financial assistance of USD 2.9 million to India to help fight the pandemic.