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NEW DELHI: The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar discussed over the weekend the situation arising out of the pandemic of COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, a US state department statement said.

“Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar spoke March 14 to discuss COVID-19 developments, including ways in which India and the UScan cooperate to address this global challenge," the statement said late Sunday.

“Productive conversation with Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar on ways the US and India can collaborate to fight the global #coronavirus outbreak," news agency ANI quoted Pompeo as saying.

Officials in New Delhi did not give any details of the conversation.

Pompeo recently spoke to a number of his counterparts and others on the situation emerging from the outbreak of COVID-19 that has infected more than 150,000 people in more than 142 countries. The death toll from the pandemic stands at nearly 6,000.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired a video conference of leaders of South Asian countries on Sunday, also proposed convening a G-20 meet to discuss the impact of COVID-19. On Monday, leaders of the G-7 industrialised nations will deliberate steps to curb the advance of the pandemic, with France also calling for a European initiative to arrest the spread of the disease across borders, news reports said.

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