External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Rajya Sabha today said that the government had engaged with the countries in the Middle East to explore the opportunities for restoring the jobs for Indians which were lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Just as the Government has led the way for an economic recovery at home, we are also similarly untiring in our efforts to help renew livelihoods of our people abroad. The air travel arrangements are a necessary enabling measure,” Jaishankar was quoted as saying by ANI.
"But beyond that, we have been active in urging our partner governments to look sympathetically at the employment of our citizens as they chart their own recovery pathway. Gulf has been the focal point of our endeavours, though this is a global effort on our part,” he added.
"In recent months, the Prime Minister has engaged the leaders of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Oman. Under his directions, I have travelled even during the COVID period to UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman to discuss with the governments there the welfare of our people,” the minister said.
"Because of restrictions at their end, such travel was not possible to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. But I've been in regular touch with their Foreign Ministers... I have also recently hosted UAE Foreign Minister in India, and expect to do so with that of Kuwait very soon,” he told in Rajya Sabha.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.