The second UAE Consulate in India will soon open in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, after the State Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan signed documents to finalise the deal.
T P Seetharam, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, told Emirates 24|7 that the opening of the second UAE consulate in Kerala is a welcome gesture but the official announcement has to come from the UAE Foreign Ministry.
Two months ago, Dr Ahmed Abdulrahman Al Banna, UAE’s Ambassador to India, had discussed UAE and India’s strong relations with the then Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
Pinarai Vijayan, the new Chief Minister, has signed the required documents and the second UAE Consulate in India will be functional soon.
The opening of the second UAE consulate will speed up the issuance of a visa and other documents and strengthen the bilateral diplomatic relationship, Seetharaman said.
In addition, it will also expedite job-related documentation for aspiring jobseekers to the UAE.
According to Indian diplomatic sources, the consulate is likely to be functional early next month.
The consulate, which will be the third diplomatic mission in India, is located in Manacaud Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital.
UAE has considerable investment in India, specifically in Kerala, with Dubai having interests in Smart City Kochi, the DP World port in Kochi and other business interests.