39 Indians killed in Mosul: Spat over 'delay' in announcing deaths unfortunate; government can't jump gun
Sushma Swaraj deserves praise for doggedly pursuing the case of 39 Indians who went "missing" after being kidnapped by the IS in Iraq's Mosul in 2014.
The Indian consulate in Jeddah is making arrangements to bring back the bodies of 11 Indian workers killed in a fire in a house in Saudi Arabia's Najran city, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.
As the Saudi Arabia government goes ahead with its goal of transitioning the country with nearly an all-Saudi workforce, many a Gulf dream is shattered
In a diplomatic victory for India, Saudi Arabia has agreed to give exit visas to hundreds of jobless Indian workers there and will send them back home at its own expense.
As thousands of laid-off Indian workers in Saudi Arabia were said to be without food, 87 percent of complaints received from Indian workers at Indian missions across nine countries were from six Gulf countries
The government is making all efforts to bring back the 10,000 Indian workers rendered jobless in Saudi Arabia, said Sushma Swaraj.
Even as the government struggled to establish talks with sources in the war torn country, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, "We are in contact with every organisation possible to help us in our efforts to rescue Indians in Iraq. However, patience is essential. Not only are we doing what the government has to do but more. We are leaving no stone unturned to help them," ANI quoted Swaraj as saying."
The PM is understood to have asked his National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to tap all sources in ensuring that the kidnapped Indians in Iraq persons are rescued.
The workers, most of whom may be from Punjab and other parts of north India, were workers of a construction company in Mosul town of Iraq, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters.
MEA spokesman Syed Akbaruddin has confirmed that 40 Indians in Mosul, Iraq have been abducted, based on information received from international agencies.
And it's not only Indians who are risking their lives working in the middle-eastern country. 382 Nepalese workers have also died over the last two years.
Indian workers are among the most satisfied with their jobs globally, and nearly one in five Indians like their jobs so much that they would even work for free, says a survey.
Indian workers who have travelled to Saudi Arabia legally will be allowed to regularise their visa status, get new jobs or to return home if they register voluntarily.