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Kuwait PM arrives in New Delhi
November 7, 2013, 4:41 pm
Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah being received by
Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed on his arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi on Thursday.


The four day visit of Prime Minister of Kuwait HH His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah's to New Delhi has once again brought India relation with the Gulf nations especially the GCC countries on its diplomatic radar.

While the visit of the Kuwait Prime Minister which comes after 1981 has assumed special significance, the Indian Foreign ministry has collated the special ties that India enjoys with the Gulf nation with statistics and data. It has also announced its intention to upgrade ties to the strategic level.

At a special briefing, Joint Secretary (Gulf) in the Ministry External Affairs Mridul Kumar beautifully articulated the historic ties between India and the Gulf nations and said the spectrum will always enhance and potential realised to its fullest.

Mridul Kumar said that over 7 million Indian are stationed in the Gulf providing the requisite manpower to the nation deficit in manpower resources.”  Indian had become partner in the development and hence enjoyed respect of the host countries.  Remittance alone from Gulf mounts to 30 billion”.

That opportunities are available to the Indian is exemplified by the fact that there were 12 Indian billionaires in Dubai alone, Kumar said.

Our trade with the Gulf nation virtually matches the oil import India engages with these nations so it is a very healthy sign to take relation to a new level.

Besides the Gulf nation also provides a great opportunity to India for investment from their rich stashed sovereign fund in areas like infrastructure petrochemical and fertiliser units, Kumar said.

India is willing to play its part in expanding the relation by offering its expertise not only in food processing sector but in infrastructure development and technological inputs.

The relation is also reflected as how India with its proactive policy in Saudi Arabia helped avoid the deportation of 14 lakh Indians who managed to get their work documents regularised before the second deadline ended on November 3.

“We used the available time very effectively. Our embassy in Riyadh and the consulate in Jeddah launched a major scheme to sensitise Indian nationals. This is an untold success story for India,” Mridul Kumar said

While 1.3 lakh Indians had to return, India campaigned among its expatriates in Saudi Arabia to impress upon them need to have proper visa and work documents. The government engaged intensively with the parents of about 50,000 children studying in 10 Indian schools in Saudi Arabia , besides enrolling 600 volunteers and utilising the social media extensively.

“While several countries have asked for yet another extension of the deadline of the Nitaqat policy, we did not do so because we ensured the orderly return of 1.3 lakhs and regularisation of over 14 lakhs without any one knowing about it.”



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