Krishna Asks Embassies In Gulf To Look After Indian Expats

Dubai, Apr 15: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today asked Indian embassies in gulf nations to actively engage local governments to better the living and working conditions of millions of Indians in the region,
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PTI 15 Apr 2012, 10:04 PM IST
Dubai, Apr 15: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today asked Indian embassies in gulf nations to actively engage local governments to better the living and working conditions of millions of Indians in the region, who are the largest contributors of remittances back home.

On a three-day visit to UAE during which Krishna will sign key agreements on double taxation and consular issues, the Minister also asked embassy officials to intensify efforts to find the whereabouts of Indian nationals taken hostages by Somali pirates.

In UAE, which is home to 1.75 million Indians, Krishna noted that Indian expatriates in the gulf region are the largest contributors to remittances in India.

He said Indian embassies in the region should now engage the local governments for improving the working and living conditions of millions of Indians employed in this region, official sources said.

Embassy officials in the gulf region were also urged “to intensify efforts” to find the whereabouts and fate of Indian nationals taken as hostages by Somali pirates as lot of ship owners are from the gulf region.

Millions of Indians are employed in UAE and other gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait and are the largest source of remittances back home.

Krishna also interacted with hundreds of working class Indians in Abu Dhabi who brought to the notice of the External Affairs Ministry various issues faced by them in the Gulf region.

During the hour-long interaction Krishna announced that Indian missions in the Gulf would prioritise the consular issues faced by Indians here and said that emergency consular services would be available 24 hours all days of the year.

During his visit Krishna will co-chair with his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah the 10th Session of the India-UAE Joint Commission for Technical & Economic cooperation (JCM).
 
   
 

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