As part of Mission Sagar-IV, the Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa carrying the food aid arrived at Port Anjouan, Comoros today.
The official ceremony for handing over the 1,000 Metric Tonnes of rice to the Government of Comoros was held at the Port Anjouan which was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and in charge of the Diaspora Dhoihir Dhoulkamalin and the Minister of Maritime and Air Transport of Comoros Djae Ahamada Chanfi. The Indian side was represented by the Commanding Officer of INS Jalashwa Captain Pankaj Chauhan.
This is the second visit of an Indian Navy ship to the island country within a span of one year. Earlier, as part of Mission Sagar-I, in May-June 2020, the Indian Navy had delivered essential medicines to the nation and had also deployed a specialist medical team to work alongside their counterparts and to render assistance for dengue fever-related emergencies. INS Jalashwa, the largest amphibious ship of the Indian Navy, has been specially sent to Comoros due to its large carrying capacity.
Comoros and India have always enjoyed close and friendly relations and have similarities of view on regional and global issues. ‘Mission Sagar’, builds on the excellent relations existing between the two countries and deployment also resonates with the vision of our Prime Minister of Security and Growth for All in the Region ‘SAGAR’ and highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with the countries of the IOR. The operation is being progressed in close coordination with the Ministries of External Affairs, and other agencies of the Government of India.