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New Delhi: Officials of India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are scheduled to hold a high-level dialogue on workers’ issues during Overseas Indian Affairs ministry secretary A K Agarwal’s visit to the Gulf nation beginning on Wednesday.

Agarwal, during his four-day visit, will meet senior officials of the UAE’s labor ministry and discuss various issues pertaining to recruitment and employment of Indian workers.

The visit is being coordinated by the Indian embassy in the UAE and the Consulate General of India in Dubai.

The entire Gulf region, where millions of Indians are working, particularly in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, is a major source of India’s foreign exchange earnings.

Agarwal will call on the UAE’s Culture, Youth and Community Development Minister Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. He will also visit the Indian Workers’ Resource Centre (IWRC) in Dubai.

The IWRC, run by the Indian embassy in the UAE, provides information, guidance and counseling to Indian citizens in distress through a 24×7 helpline and a walk-in counseling centre.

Agarwal will also visit the industrial city of Abu Dhabi and a labor camp in Sharjah to meet Indian workers, the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The secretary will meet foreign employers and interact with representatives of registered Indian associations in the UAE to brief them about the ministry’s initiatives and schemes for engagement with the Indian diaspora.

(With inputs from IANS)

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The two countries earlier in January were said to have finalised the terms and conditions of the support package, which involves $3.2 billion worth of oil supplies on deferred payment in addition to the $3 billion cash deposit

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Nov. 21, 2018. VOA

Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a $3 billion support package on Tuesday as pledged by Abu Dhabi to boost the liquidity and foreign exchange reserves of the cash-strapped country.

The package was signed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) Director General Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi and the State Bank of Pakistan Director Tariq Bajwa at a ceremony here.

According to the package, the UAE will deposit $3 billion in the State Bank of Pakistan to support the country’s financial and monetary policy, the state-run WAM news agency reported.

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is seen during talks in Beijing, China. VOA

The amount will be paid to Pakistan in three instalments.

The UAE had announced its intention to inject $3 billion cash into Pakistan via the ADFD in December 2018, a month after Prime Minister Imran Khan undertook his second trip to the country since assuming office.

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The two countries earlier in January were said to have finalised the terms and conditions of the support package, which involves $3.2 billion worth of oil supplies on deferred payment in addition to the $3 billion cash deposit. (IANS)