Jamaica Foreign Minister Kamina J Smith on Saturday expressed her heartfelt gratitude towards India for its determined assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanking the Modi-led government, she said that Kingston is grateful to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India for providing them with vaccines at a time when the country was riddled with the Covid virus.
Addressing a high-level UN General Assembly session held in New York, Smith conferred upon India the status of a reliable partner.
“While others chose to withhold supplies, India’s vaccine outreach exemplified its principles of equality & mutual benefit. We are deeply grateful to the government, the people of India, led by PM Modi & EAM Jaishankar.”
She also praised the country for its holistic and outward-looking vaccine diplomacy strategy and said that Jamaica was able to secure its first vaccine from India.
#WATCH | While others chose to withhold supplies, India’s vaccine outreach exemplified its principles of equality & mutual benefit. We are deeply grateful to govt, the people of India, led by PM Modi & EAM Jaishankar: Jamaica’s Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith pic.twitter.com/iNZAKUPor2
— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2022
Smith’s claim of a holistic vaccine diplomacy strategy was also corroborated by Guyana foreign minister Hugh Hilton Todd who also hailed India’s endeavor in helping its neighbors during the pandemic in UNGA.
He said that small countries like Guyana would have benefited from India’s growth trajectory because India has always been an economy that focuses on human development and believes in putting humans ahead of any other form of development.
Joining the bandwagon was also foreign minister Abdula Shahid who praised India for being a valuable partner in helping meet challenges ranging from disaster relief to economic development.
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday hailed India’s economic growth at the India@75 Showcasing India-UN Partnership event held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. He stated that while colonialism ensured the country’s reduction from the richest in the world to the poorest, India now stands proudly as the fifth largest economy in the world in its 75th year of Independence.
In his address, Jaishankar said India became a founding member of the United Nations when the country was at its poorest in the 20th century. “In the 18th century, India accounted for about a quarter of the global GDP. By the middle of the 20th century, colonialism ensured that we were one of the poorest nations in the world. That was our state when we became a founding member of the United Nations.”
He hailed India’s economic growth as the fifth largest in the world and said the country is “still rising as the strongest, most enthusiastic and definitely the most argumentative democracy.”
India and Jamaica have always maintained cordial relations with regards to democratic values, history, parliamentary democratic system and etc.