PM Modi convened SAARC meeting for COVID even before first lockdown: India

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla attended the Raisina Dialogue 2021 on April 14. During the conference, Shringla said the cooperation is widely needed for COVID crises as it has global dimensions. He further credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for initiating the SAARC summit. He said, "The SAARC Summit initiated by PM Modi was a great example of regional cooperation, even if they did not meet eye to eye on political issues. The Quad too came up with a vaccine diplomacy initiative. India is a part of multiple groupings, including plurilateral, trilateral and so on. The aim is to use these to the maximum effect. As far as we are concerned we would like to work in close cooperation with all,"said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.