Ambassador of India to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain hosted a reception in honor of visiting Indian Minister of State for External Affairs General (Dr) V. K. Singh at his residence on Tuesday, 6 September.
A number of Indian nationals were invited for an interaction with the minister, who expressed his pleasure at meeting members of the community during his first visit to Kuwait.
During his two-day visit the minister of state met Kuwait’s First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al Khaled Al Sabah and they discussed bilateral relations in all fields and ways to enhance the ties, in addition to regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Dr. V. K. Singh also met with Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al Subeihi and discussed various issues concerning Indian nationals.
In January this year, Dr. V. K. Singh was given charge of looking after all matters related to Indian nationals in the Gulf by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. There are nearly five million expatriate Indians in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
A majority work as blue-collar workers, and there are frequent labor-related issues. Dr. Singh stated that the government of India is working very closely with the local governments to address the issues facing Indians.