Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters spoke with India’s Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar yesterday.

The Ministers discussed their countries’ respective experiences of COVID-19, including their use of lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus.

They exchanged views on providing support to large groups of citizens stranded offshore during a global pandemic.

Minister Peters thanked Minister Jaishankar for India’s facilitation of New Zealand’s planned repatriation flights from India to bring home stranded citizens.

The Ministers also discussed the importance of pharmaceutical supply chains. Minister Peters thanked the Indian Government for ensuring the supply of essential medicines to New Zealanders and looked forward to ongoing cooperation on pharmaceuticals.

The Ministers also discussed issues relating to the Commonwealth, and the shared desire for it to be an effective champion for its two and a half billion people.