The Indian embassy organized a condolence meet in honor of Kerala MP and leader of Indian Union Muslim League Edappakath Ahamed, who recently expired following a cardiac arrest in Parliament on 1 February. Members from the Indian community gathered at the auditorium on 5 February to extend their respects to the Kerala MP who was highly regarded by the expatriates in Kuwait for providing solutions to the problems faced by them.
The Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain laid flowers on the Shri E Ahamed tribute space, and minister in his condolence speechspoke eloquently on the working relationship he shared with the former. The sentiments were reiterated in various speeches delivered by leaders of various Indian associations in Kuwait, who too shared their experiences.
The Kerala MP had taken many trips to Kuwait and handled issues that had entangled members of the Indian community, working to resolve them effectively. He was also fondly remembered as fostering good relations with the Kuwaiti rulers and utilized his close ties to help his fellow Indians when possible.
Edappakath Ahamed was the longest serving Parliament member from Kerala after GM Banatwala, and was a member of Lok Sabha for 26 years in seven terms from 1991. During 2004 -2009, he served as the Minister of State for External Affairs. From April 2009 to January 2011, he assumed the office of Minister of State for Railways before once again ascending to the Minister of State of External Affairs on 24 January 2011.