This comes in the backdrop of cyclone Diane that hit Madagascar in January
An official ceremony was held on March 12 to handover the rice from the Government of India to the Government of Madagascar onboard INS Shardul. INS Shardul had entered Port Antsiranana, Madagascar on March 10.
The ship was carrying 600 tonnes of rice as per directives of the Government of India.
The ceremony was attended by the Madagascar Foreign Minister, Dr Tehindrazanarivelo Djacoba and various high ranking officials from the Madagascar Defence forces and civilian organizations. The Indian side was represented by the Ambassador of India to Madagascar Abhay Kumar and the ship’s Commanding Officer, Cdr Abhishek Pathak.
The Foreign Minister of Madagascar appreciated the assistance provided by India and the Indian Navy. He described India as a true friend who is always there during the time of need. He wished that the ties between the two countries will reach newer heights in the days to come.