As the first respondent, Indian Navy Ship Airavat, which was en-route to Seychelles was diverted to Madagascar for rendering assistance after the island nation was lashed with cyclone causing heavy flooding and landslides leading to massive loss of life and property.
The operation was launched and was codenamed as Operation Vanilla.
CALL FOR HELP
In a tweet dated 25 January, the President of Madagascar has requested international mobilisation for the national disaster that has struck Madagascar.
India assistance to Madagascar is in consonance with Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Security and Growth for all in the Region (SAGAR)’.
India is working with France to develop strategic and economic partnership involving Madagascar, Reunion Islands-Comoros to stabilise that part of Indian Ocean Region.
An island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres (250 miles) off the coast of East Africa. an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres (250 miles) off the coast of East Africa.
LARGEST ISLANDS OF THE WORLD
Capital and largest city- Antananarivo
Currency -Malagasy ariary
Population – 2.56 crores
PRESIDENT OF INDIA VISITED MADAGASCAR IN 2018
For improving bilateral ties, India and Madagascar have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in the field of defense, air connectivity, and agriculture.
Both the countries will explore various ways of co-operation in the respective fields, this was announced by President Ram Nath Kovind after delegation-level talks with his Madagascar counterpart.
INDIA’S HELP TO MADAGASCAR
The President said, “India has offered a Line of Credit worth 80.7 million dollars for agriculture development and farm mechanization”.
He also expressed happiness that India is offering more favorable category one terms and conditions for this concessional loan to Madagascar.