Germany presses its military into action to assist India, to send oxygen generation plant
Germany has pressed its military into action to assist India in this time of crisis. Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a statement last week, expressing solidarity with the people of India. In an exclusive interaction, German Colonel Dr. Thorsten Weber said an oxygen generation plant is being flown into India and will remain in the country for as long as it is needed. Colonel Weber, who is also the spokesperson for the German Air Force, will be flying into India alongside the equipment. Speaking to India Today TV from the Cologne Air Force Base in Germany, Colonel Weber said a technical team will also be arriving in India to help the Indian technicians set up the oxygen generation plant. The team will then return to Germany.
A German Air Force Airbus with 120 ventilators/respirators is scheduled to land in New Delhi around 9.30 pm on Saturday. Germany’s Ambassador to India, Walter Lindner, said these ventilators would be handed over for distribution without any delay. This will be done in close cooperation with the Indian Red Cross Society, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and a number of other parties.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday that Germany is bound by a deep friendship with India. “The Covid19-pandemic strikes at the heart of India. We support India in its fight against the pandemic. Germany will send urgently needed goods to provide care to the patients,” said Maas.