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Singapore strongly objected to Arvind Kejriwal’s tweet on COVID variant: Centre

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The Union government on Wednesday said Singapore has strongly objected to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tweet warning about a new variant of coronavirus found in the island country. The government said the Indian envoy was summoned by Singapore to convey a strong objection to Kejriwal’s tweet asserting that he has no competence on COVID variants.

The Ministry of External affairs had in a tweet revealed about Singapore’s objection to Kejriwal’s tweet. The ministry said, “Singapore Government called in our High Commissioner today to convey strong objection to Delhi CM’s tweet on “Singapore variant”. High Commissioner clarified that Delhi CM had no competence to pronounce on COVID variants or civil aviation policy.”

Kejriwal does not speak for India

Following the development, foreign minister S Jaishankar said that Kejriwal does not speak for India. He tweeted, “Singapore and India have been solid partners in the fight against Covid-19. Appreciate Singapore’s role as a logistics hub and oxygen supplier. Their gesture of deploying military aircraft to help us speaks of our exceptional relationship.”

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He added, “However, irresponsible comments from those who should know better can damage long-standing partnerships. So, let me clarify – Delhi CM does not speak for India.”

What Arvind Kejriwal said

Arvind Kejriwal through a tweet on Tuesday had alerted the Centre about a new variant of the coronavirus detected in Singapore that appears to be dangerous for children.

The Delhi CM had urged the Centre to immediately suspend flights to and from Singapore and take immediate measures. Kejriwal said that the new Singapore variant can prove detrimental for India and may lead to a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In a tweet in Hindi, Kejriwal had said, “The new form of COVID-19 that came to Singapore is being said to be extremely dangerous for children, in India it may come as a third wave. My appeal to the central government: 1. Air services with Singapore be cancelled with immediate effect 2. Priority on vaccine options should be worked out for children too.”

 

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