New Delhi: Singapore Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Indian envoy and conveyed its “strong objection” to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tweet on a “Singapore variant”. It said that the comment made by a prominent political figure was disappointing and he had failed to ascertain the facts before making such claims.
Responding to this, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar clarified that the “Delhi Chief Minister does not speak for India”. He further stated that Singapore and India have been firm partners in the fight against Covid-19.
Singapore’s role as a logistics hub and oxygen supplier and their gesture of deploying military aircraft speaks of the exceptional relationship between both nations and is appreciated. However, the long-standing relationships can be damaged by irresponsible comments from those who should know better.
Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan thanked Mr. Jaishankar for his tweet and talked about focusing on how to resolve the situation in the two countries while helping each other. He emphasized that Nobody is safe until everyone is safe.
Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi further said in a tweet that Singapore Government called in the High Commissioner to convey strong objection to Delhi CM’s tweet on “Singapore variant”. He also added that High Commissioner clarified that Delhi CM had no competence to pronounce on Covid variants or civil aviation policy.
Earlier that day, Mr. Kejriwal had urged the Centre to cancel air services with Singapore because of a new variant of corona that came to Singapore and was extremely dangerous for children.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet mentioned that the new form of Corona that came to Singapore recently is said to be extremely dangerous for children. In India, the variant may come as a third wave. He made an appeal to PM Modi’s government to cancel the air services with Singapore immediately and work out the vaccine options for children.
Hours later after the tweet, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) put out a strong rebuttal and said it was the India-dominant strain, B.1.617.2 variant, that had been detected in most recent cases in the country.
The Singapore High Commission in India tweeted that the assertion about the new Covid strain in Singapore had no truth. The strain that is prevalent in many of the Covid cases in recent times, including in the children in Singapore, is the Indian originated virus, B.1.617.2 variant.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the ruling BJP party of being more bothered about Singapore than the safety of children of its own nation. Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s Deputy CM labeled it as ‘BJP’s cross politics’ and that they seem too worried about Singapore while Mr. Kejriwal is worried about our children.
The highly contagious B.1.617 variant that led to the second wave in the country, first detected in India, has now been found in several other nations worldwide. Scientists and doctors have mentioned a possible third wave that is likely to target the age group of children