S Jaishankar, Pompeo discuss COVID-19 developments, challenges over phone

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, left, at the US State Department in 2019 | AP/PTI

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo held a 'productive' conversation with India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar over the phone to discuss ways the two countries can cooperate to address the challenges arising due to global outbreak of coronavirus.

"Productive conversation with Indian External Affairs Minister @DrSJaishankar on ways the U.S. and #India can collaborate to fight the global #coronavirus outbreak," Pompeo tweeted.

Productive conversation with Indian External Affairs Minister @DrSJaishankar on ways the U.S. and #India can collaborate to fight the global #coronavirus outbreak.

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 15, 2020

US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that the two leaders spoke to discuss COVID-19 developments on March 14.

"Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Indian Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar spoke on March 14 to discuss COVID-19 developments, including ways in which India and the United States can cooperate to address this global challenge," Ortagus said.

According to CNN, the number of coronavirus cases in the US passed 3,000 on Sunday. In India, the total number of confirmed cases of the virus across India is 110, including foreign nationals, the health ministry said on Sunday.

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