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