Coronavirus: India-EU Summit deferred, PM Modi not to travel Brussels, says MEA

05-03-2020

New Delhi,  Amid coronavirus outbreak across the globe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not go to Belgium’s capital Brussels for the India-EU Summit as it has been deferred, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.“As far as India-EU Summit is concerned which PM Modi had to attend, the health authorities of both the countries suggested that traveling must not take place at present. So, it has been decided that Summit will be rescheduled on a mutually convenient date,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a press briefing.“The decision has been taken in the spirit of close cooperation between the EU and India who share same concerns and commitment to global health and hope that the outbreak is contained soon,” he added.Brussels is the de facto capital of the 27-nation union and home to many of its institutions, including the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament.Parliament has already limited public access to its buildings in Brussels and Strasbourg. The deadly virus has claimed around 3,200 lives and over 90,000 people have been infected across the world since it erupted in China’s Wuhan.