‘No third parties involved’, says MEA on vaccine shipment from India to Paraguay

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) rejected media reports citing Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu that Taipei’s intervention led to Paraguay getting vaccinated in India. In response to a question, MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said: “I would like to confirm that no third party was involved in” sending vaccines from New Delhi to the South American country.

On March 26, India sent 1 lakh of doses of India-made COVID vaccines to the South American country. This follows a request from Paraguay during a telephone conversation between its Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Dr S Jaishankar.

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Earlier this year, India announced that it would open its embassy in the country.

Media quoting Taiwan’s foreign minister said his intervention and collaboration with “like-minded countries” resulted in Paraguay getting vaccinated. Paraguay has ties to Taiwan and does not recognize the People’s Republic of China. It is the largest country, in terms of size, to recognize Taiwan. Taipei, eager to help its ally to reach New Delhi, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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