External Affairs Minister Jaishankar holds assembly with India’s envoys to Gulf nations

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has held a gathering with India’s envoys to the Gulf nations to debate a number of points, together with encouraging speedy resumption of flights to this area and facilitating reuniting households separated by Covid disruption.

Jaishankar, who arrived right here on his first bilateral go to to the oil-rich Gulf nation early on Thursday, additionally unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi on the Indian Embassy in Kuwait in presence of the ambassadors.

“Chaired a fruitful meeting of Indian Ambassadors in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain today,” the exterior affairs minister tweeted.

“Discussions focused on ensuring utmost welfare of the Indian community in respective jurisdictions, facilitating reuniting of families separated by Covid disruption, interceding for early return of Indian talent and skills who left the Gulf during the pandemic, encouraging the speedy resumption of flights to Gulf destinations to help NRIs and strongly push our trade interests that contribute to economic recovery at home,” he stated in a collection of tweets.

Jaishankar additionally exuded confidence that the ambassadors and embassies will ship on these priorities.

Earlier within the day, he held “productive discussions” together with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah on Thursday throughout which the 2 sides mentioned a spread of points together with well being, meals, training, power, digital and enterprise cooperation.

The two sides additionally signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that can give Indian employees better authorized safety in Kuwait.

There are over 10 lakh Indians residing in Kuwait. India is amongst the most important buying and selling companions of Kuwait and Kuwait is a serious provider of oil for India.

Jaishankar, who’s carrying a private letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, additionally known as on Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

“Conveyed our felicitations on the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Appreciated his commitment to taking our partnership to higher levels. Our historical ties have been reinforced through our joint fight against COVID19,” Jaishankar tweeted.

His go to comes nearly three months after the 2 nations determined to determine a joint ministerial fee to formulate a framework to strengthen ties in sectors like power, commerce, funding, manpower and labour and data expertise.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed visited India in March throughout which either side determined to arrange the joint fee.

The yr 2021-22 marks the 60th anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations between India and Kuwait.

Kuwait has been supporting India in coping with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic by supplying aid materials in addition to medical oxygen. Indian Navy ships have introduced a big amount of medical oxygen from Kuwait in the previous few weeks.


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