COVID-19 crisis: At least 630 foreign attendees of Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi left India so far, says MEA
MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the Tablighi Jamaat members are being given consular access and 'smooth repatriation' to their home countries
New Delhi: As many as 1,095 look out circulars have been deleted and 630 foreign members of the Tablighi Jamaat have left India, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.
On the issue of foreign Tablighi Jamaat members stuck in India for violating visa rules and pandemic restrictions, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the ministry has been actively facilitating their consular access, deletion of LOCs and smooth repatriation to their respective countries.
"We have kept the respective foreign embassies informed through the entire process," he said.
"As of 24 August, 1,095 look out circulars (LOCs) were deleted and 630 foreign members of the Tablighi Jamaat have left India," he said at an online media briefing.
These members of the Tablighi Jamaat were charged under the Foreigners Act for indulging in activities that were incompatible with their visa status, he said.
Therefore, for such activities, appropriate category of visa has to be sought, Srivastava said.
To a separate question on whether External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) foreign ministers' meeting in September, Srivastava said the minister has received an invitation for the meeting to be held in Moscow and a decision on his participation would be made known once it is taken.
On whether the Kerala government had sought MEA's approval for signing an MoU with the UAE Red Crescent Authority - an NGO - for a project, Srivastava said no such approval had been taken.
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