Gulf mis­sions' wel­fare funds to be used for In­di­ans in Iraq

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WITH deep­en­ing Iraq vi­o­lence, In­dia to­day de­cided to trans­fer part of wel­fare funds in the In­dian mis­sions in Gulf coun­tries to its em­bassy in Bagh­dad to be used for help­ing In­di­ans in the con­flict-hit coun­try where it is fa­cil­i­tat­ing de­par­ture of 10,000 na­tion­als.

This de­ci­sion was taken at a meet­ing, which was chaired by Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj, of top In­dian en­voys to the Gulf coun­tries to chalk out fu­ture strat­egy for safety and evac­u­a­tion of na­tion­als in Iraq.

Swaraj also met the fam­i­lies of In­di­ans kept cap­tive in the re­gion. Af­ter meet­ing the fam­i­lies, Swaraj said that she had told them the de­tails of her com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Red Cres­cent in Iraq and also read out the writ­ten mes­sage of In­dian am­bas­sador to the fam­ily mem­bers.

"I made them read the writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion (to the Govt) from the am­bas­sador. They are sat­is­fied with the writ­ten mes­sage of the am­bas­sador," she said.

Brief­ing re­porters about her meet­ing with the en­voys, an MEA spokesper­son said the fo­cus of the meet­ing was to get "the as­sess­ment of the am­bas­sadors in the re­gion about the de­vel­op­ment".

Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj with MoS, Gen­eral (Retd.) VK Singh at a meet­ing to dis­cuss the prob­lems faced by In­di­ans work­ers in Gulf coun­tries —

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