What you describe as aid, we call friendship: Jaishankar bats for international partnerships to fight COVID-19
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on Wednesday said that COVID-19 is a shared problem for the world and added that what is referred to as 'aid', is 'friendship'. "When it came to medicines, we gave HCQ to US, Singapore, European countries. We gave vaccines to some countries. What you describe as aid, we call friendship," Jaishankar told news agency ANI on the reported shift in policy of receiving aid from foreign countries.#WATCH My message going into G7 is, COVID a global challenge, &we’re going through it right now, there're various factors & reasons why it's as severe as it is, & global pandemic requires global effort & in past we've contributed to that global effort: EAM Dr S Jaishankar to ANI pic.twitter.com/fSbAq9giiuJaishankar further said that a global pandemic such as COVID-19 requires a global effort and in the past, India has contributed to that global effort. "I think this kind of aid...these kind of arguments are sort of point-scoring. I think people aren't connecting conceptually with the problem...When I look at the situation in Delhi, I will do everything in my power to help people... For me, I have one objective, my people are going through a very difficult phase in this second wave of COVID19, and as a foreign minister I will do everything which I have accumulated over the years to help my people," he further added.The External Affairs Minister said that international partnerships come into being for such times and elaborated that on Tuesday, his meeting with Antony Blinken was on solutions in India and abroad with vaccine as the central point of discussion. The Foreign Minister's views came even as aid has been pouring in from the US, UK and other countries as India faces a second and more severe wave of COVID-19. So far, five flights of medical equipment, oxygen equipment and COVID-19-related material has been received from the US.