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Saudi Arabia: Hundreds of jobless Indians starving in Kuwait

Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar would be taking up the issue with the Saudi and Kuwaiti authorities

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New Delhi: On Saturday, July 30, Sushma Swaraj Minister of External Affairs, said a huge sum of Indian have been rendered unemployed in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. General V.K Singh Minster of External Affairs will be leaving for Saudi Arabia to sort out the issue.

“Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
“The employers have not paid wages, closed down their factories,” she said.

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She stated this in response to a tweet from a man who said that over 800 jobless Indians have been starving for three days in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Indians in Kuwait. Image source: kannadigaworld.com
Indians in Kuwait. Image source: kannadigaworld.com

“We have asked the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to serve you food in Jeddah,” Sushma Swaraj said.

“My colleague @Gen_VKSingh is reaching Saudi Arabia to sort out all such matters,” she stated.

She said that while the situation in Kuwait was manageable, matters were much worse in Saudi Arabia.

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Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar would be taking up the issue with the Saudi and Kuwaiti authorities, she stated.

“I assure you that no Indian worker rendered unemployed in Saudi Arabia will go without food,” Sushma Swaraj said in another tweet.

“I am monitoring this on an hourly basis,” she added.

Following this, the man who had tweeted about the situation in Jeddah, again tweeted pictures of Indians queuing up for food. (IANS)

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“Special” Passports For Diplomats: Kuwait, India Agree on Exemption Of Entry Visas

According to official figures, Indians at nearly 700,000 make up for the largest expat community in Kuwait.

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It also authorises the holders of such passports to extend their stay after the expiry of the period after the approval of the competent authorities in accordance with the legal provisions in force. Pixabay

An agreement signed by the governments of Kuwait and India on mutual exemption of entry visa for diplomatic, official and “special” passports has been implemented from February 19, diplomatic sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here.

The Al-Anba daily quoted the sources as saying on Wednesday that the agreement was signed between the governments on October 31, 2018.

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“Special” passports has been implemented from February 19, diplomatic sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here. Pixabay

Citizens of both countries who hold the passports will be allowed to enter, exit or transit through the international ports without a visa and enter the territory of the other party without obtaining a visa and residence for up to 60 days, the Arab Times reports.

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It also authorises the holders of such passports to extend their stay after the expiry of the period after the approval of the competent authorities in accordance with the legal provisions in force, provided that the passports are valid for a period not less than six months from the date of entry into the territory of either party.According to official figures, Indians at nearly 700,000 make up for the largest expat community in Kuwait. (IANS)