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Sushma Swaraj interacts with Indian community in Qatar

India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj interacted with the Indian diaspora on Monday and put forth the initiatives which have been taken by the government for the Indian community’s welfare in Qatar. “I always look forward to meeting members of the Indian diaspora on my foreign visits, and always request Ambassadors to schedule such events irrespective of its size,” Swaraj said while welcoming the attendees. She further conveyed that immense progress has happened in India ever since the Qatari-Indian community left their native land. “India is one of the fastest growing economies, it is capable of shaping global; agenda. The Indian PM is counted amongst the eminent leaders of the nation. The welfare of the Indian community in foreign lands is an integral part of our foreign policy, and that is one of the biggest initiatives taken during this government’s tenure,” she said. Swaraj further said, “You must have…

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India, Qatar to establish joint commission to strengthen relations

India and Qatar on Monday decided to establish a joint commission to strengthen their relations in various fields with a view to furthering the common interest of the people of the two countries. The joint commission being set up in pursuance of the decision taken by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India during the visit of the latter to Doha on 4-5 June 2016. Building synergies btwn India & Qatar.EAM @SushmaSwaraj & Qatari DyPM & FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani held comprehensive discussions on bilateral relations, regional & international issues.A joint declaration to establish a JCM was signed. https://t.co/OBTFMnIN0A pic.twitter.com/VyiByecm7A— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) October 29, 2018 The joint declaration signed by External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Doha today highlights…

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Sushma Swaraj meets Emir of Qatar, discusses bilateral ties

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and discussed ways to move forward on the roadmap set by the top leaders of the two countries. Swaraj arrived here on Sunday on the first leg of her four-day visit to Qatar and Kuwait. “EAM @SushmaSwaraj called on Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. Recalled with fondness the visit of Emir to India in March 2015 that was reciprocated by PM Modi in June 2016 & discussed ways to move forward on the roadmap set by the leaders,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Taking the agenda forward. EAM @SushmaSwaraj called on Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.Recalled with fondness the visit of Emir to India in March 2015 that was reciprocated by PM Modi in June 2016 & discussed ways to move forward on…

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Sushma Swaraj to visit Qatar and Kuwait during October 28-31

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be on a four-day visit to Qatar and Kuwait from Sunday. The ministry said in a statement that, on 28th and 29th October Mrs Swaraj will have engagements in Qatar while on 30th and 31st of October she will be in Kuwait. During her visit to Qatar, the External Affairs Minister will interact with her counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and also call on Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. She will also interact with the Indian community in Doha. India and Qatar share millennia old historic multi-dimensional, relations. About seven lakh Indians form the largest expatriate community in Qatar. It is a reliable energy partner, supplying more than 50 per cent of India’s natural gas imports. India’s bilateral trade with Qatar stood at 9.9 billion US dollars in 2017-18. During her visit to Kuwait, Mrs Swaraj will hold…

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“For Indians abroad, relief is just a tweet away,” says Sushma Swaraj

If an overseas Indian is stuck anywhere in the world, help is just a tweet away, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday. Ms Swaraj was speaking in Vietnam, where she arrived on Sunday night for the first part of her two-nation tour. She will also visit Cambodia. “If a ‘Pravasi Bharatiya’ gets stuck anywhere in world, they are confident that the government will save them. Relief is just one tweet away,” the minister said. “What was never a priority in embassies, has become top priority now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made overseas Indians proud and the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) made them confident,” she added. Ms Swaraj is extremely popular on social media for her prompt response to SOS posts from across the world, over problems ranging from passports and visas to crises in violence-hit nations. She is among the most followed women politicians on Twitter. Ms…

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No second chance for NRIs to deposit demonetised currency: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has ruled out any new window of opportunity for NRIs or people of Indian-origin to deposit their high value Indian currency which was declared illegal after the demonetisation policy, a statement said today. Swaraj made these remarks during her interaction with a delegation of Global Organisation for People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) during her trip to New York last week, a media statement said. “Swaraj informed that the government had provided the time window for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who are Indian citizens to deposit their currencies earlier. However, that window was not open for Diaspora Indians with foreign citizenship and the government would not be able to provide another such chance,” the GOPIO statement said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his demonetisation policy on November 8 last year, banning old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination. According to GOPIO, overseas citizens of…

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Qatar Foreign Minister and Sushma Swaraj discuss welfare of Indian workers

Amid a diplomatic standoff between Qatar and four Arab nations, the welfare of Indian workers in the gas-rich Gulf nation came up for discussion during a meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani here on Saturday. “EAM @SushmaSwaraj welcomes Mr. Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Foreign Minister of Qatar on his visit to India,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders. “Bilateral issues, including welfare of Indian workers in Qatar were discussed,” he said. There are around 630,000 expatriate Indians in Qatar, many of whom are blue collar workers in that country’s construction sector. Sheikh Mohamed’s visit, who arrived here on Friday, assumes more significance as it comes at a time when the Gulf nation is in a nearly three-month-old diplomatic standoff with a group of four Saudi Arabia-led Arab nations. Saudi Arabia,…

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Indian passports to be printed in both English and Hindi

Indian passports would now be in both Hindi and English, instead of just English, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Friday. Personal details in passports are now printed only in English and Swaraj said she had received several complaints about it “Passports should at least be bilingual. All Arab countries have their passport in Arabic, Germany makes it in German and Russia makes it in Russian. Why can’t we make it Hindi?,” PTI quoted the minister as having said. “Now, we have given an order to Nashik Printing Press that passports should be (printed) in Hindi as well. So you will receive passports in Hindi and English,” Swaraj said at an event to mark 50 years of the Passport Act, 1967. Ration cards can be submitted for Tatkal passport In changes aimed at easing the process of getting a passport, the minister said ration cards could be submitted while…

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Qatar diplomatic crisis not a challenge for India, says Sushma Swaraj

India will not be impacted by some Gulf countries cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said. Swaraj said India was trying to find out if any of its nationals is adversely impacted due to the development. “There is no challenge arising out of this for us. This is an internal matter of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council Council). Our only concern is about Indians there. We are trying to find out if any Indians are stuck there,” she told reporters. She expressed hope that things will get normal within the GCC as such things have happened in the past as well. Kerala CM requests Govt to ensure NRI safety In letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought the Centre’s intervention to ensure safety of 6.5 lakh Indians, including Keralites, residing in Qatar. “As you are aware millions of…

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Sushma Swaraj exposes ‘fake kidnap’ of Indian man in Serbia

India’s External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, who is often lauded for her effort to help Indians in distress abroad, recently reached out to help a “kidnapped” Indian national in Serbia only to discover later that he had staged his own abduction and the video of the same was fake. On March 21, a twitter user named Rajeev Sharma reached out to Sushma Swaraj seeking help in rescuing his brother who was allegedly abducted and tortured in Serbia. “@SushmaSwaraj please help my brother his life in big trouble somebody kidnap in Serbia country and ask him send the money unless we kill him,” he tweeted. @SushmaSwaraj please help my brother his life in big trouble somebody kidnap in Serbia country and ask him send the money unless we kill him— rajeev sharma (@rajivsharma103) March 21, 2017 The next day he tweeted a video that showed a shirtless man with his hands tied,…

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