India to send 5,000 tonnes of rice to Madagascar as Humanitarian aid

Antananarivo: 

Abhay Kumar, Indian Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros met the Prime Minister of Madagascar Christian Ntsay and announced the donation of 5,000 tonnes of rice as part of humanitarian aid. 

The shipment of rice from India to Madagascar is expected to reach the Malagasy port of Tomasina in July 2022. In his meeting with Madagascar PM Ntsay on Thursday, Abhay Kumar reviewed the progress made in bilateral ties between the two countries. 

Last year in March, India donated 1,000 metric tonnes of rice to the island nation for the people affected by drought in the south of Madagascar. India also sent 600 tonnes of rice for the flood victims in the north of Madagascar this year in March. Recently, India announced the donation of 15,000 bicycles to Madagascar on the occasion of World Bicycle Day on June 3, 2022.

India’s policy towards Madagascar is guided by the collaborative maritime vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region). The island nation joined the India-led Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) in April this year and had supported India joining the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) as an observer in March 2022 and the Djibouti Code of Conduct in August 2020. 

Minister of National Defence of Madagascar, Lt. General Rakotonirina Leon Jean Richard led a four-member delegation to take part in Aero India 2021 and Indian Ocean Region (IOR) Defence Ministers’ Conclave in Bengaluru from February 3-5. 2021. During his visit, the Malagasy Defence Minister held talks on bilateral issues with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and also discussed ways to take the defence cooperation forward. 

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