EAM speaking to the Indian Diaspora in Kuwait said that the MoU, “streamlines and strengthens the position of our workers in Kuwait” and it is “an important step which would encourage greater Indian presence” in the country
The MoU was signed by India’s Ambassador to Kuwait Sibi George and Kuwait’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Majdi Ahmad Al – Dhafiri. Under the MoU, a 24-hour mechanism will be established to assist domestic workers. Also, a joint committee will be established for periodic review and assessment and a follow-up to the implementation of MoU.
Kuwait hosts, over one million Indian community members in Kuwait. They form the largest expatriate community in the west Asian country. The Indian embassy has an Indian Workers’ Welfare Centre which provides a toll-free 24×7 telephonic helpline for Indian domestic workers, a labour complaint redressal mechanism and accommodation for domestic workers in distress and other services.
EAM was on a 3-day visit to the country as part of increased political engagement between the 2 countries. During the meeting, he called on Kuwait’s PM Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and held delegation-level talks with FM Sheikh (Dr.) Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah.
Dr S Jaishanakar during the talks conveyed to Kuwaiti leadership the country’s efforts and role amid the 2nd wave of COVID pandemic in India. Kuwait and India had established an air and sea bridge under which the West Asian country had sent Liquid Medical Oxygen and Oxygen containers to deal with the crisis.
Later this year, India and Kuwait will hold the first meeting of the Kuwait-India joint commission meeting and also planning early meetings of Joint working groups on health, hydrocarbon and manpower. This year both sides celebrate the 60th year of diplomatic ties, one that will continue through the year 2021-2022.