Foreign Secy Shringla Meets UAE's Ambassador, Discusses Bilateral Strategic Partnership

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India's Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla met UAE's Ambassador to India Ahmed Al Banna, both the officials discussed about future partnerships

Written By Misha Bhatt | Mumbai | Updated On:

India's Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday met United Arab Emirates' Ambassador to India, Ahmed Al Banna in New Delhi. According to an official, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan and Ahmed Al Banna discussed the future steps on consolidating bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership in new fields between the two nations.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also took to his official Twitter handle and informed about the meeting between the Foreign Secretary and the Ambassador. 

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Qatar bans entry of people arriving from 15 countries

As a precautionary measure, Qatar has temporarily banned the entry of visitors arriving from 15 countries, including China, India, Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. Qatar's government communications office also issued an advisory and denied entry to all the visitors arriving from these countries. 

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Earlier on Friday, UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) informed that an Indian national is among 15 new cases of the deadly coronavirus in the Middle East country. They were diagnosed through early monitoring and reporting systems implemented in the country and are three Emiratis, two individuals from Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Iran as well as a person each from Thailand, Morocco, China and India, the statement said.

First detected in Wuhan in December 2019, COVID-19 has affected more than 80 countries in the world. As of now, there are more than one lakh confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus which has led to the death of more than 4,000 people. As there is no vaccine or specific antiviral medicine to treat COVID-19, countries have been grappling with all possible mechanisms to contain its scope. So far, China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran have witnessed the most number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. According to the latest reports, a total of 110 countries have reported cases of the deadly Coronavirus.

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(With inputs from ANI)

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