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MoS MEA V Muraleedharan’s 3-day visit to UAE; Focus on Welfare of Indian Workers in UAE

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MoS MEA Muraleedharan’s 3-day visit to UAEThe Minister of State (MoS) Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) paid a three day visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) from January 19, 2021 to January 21, 2021 to focus on welfare of Indian workers in UAE. He landed at the Abu Dhabi International Airport where he was received by Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor.

  • His visit followed the Union Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s visit to the UAE in November 2020.

Key Highlights:

–He met with the Indian community leaders to understand the issues faced by the expatriates including issues in getting ICA approval for the return of expats stuck back home and exemption from quarantine for vaccine recipients flying to India.

— He also visited Gulf medical University in Thumbay Medicity in Ajman, UAE where he appreciated the hardwork of doctors during pandemic.

–He also holds talks with the UAE side on various bilateral and international issues of mutual interest.

—India and the UAE have maintained close coordination during the COVID-19 pandemic which includes successful functioning of air bubble arrangement.

–V Muraleedharan inaugurated first-ever upskilling and training centre in DPS, Dubai

He inaugurated the classes that offer basic lessons for improving Indian workers’ knowledge in English and Arabic languages as well as computer skills in the premises of the Delhi Private School (DPS) in Jebel Ali.

  • Apart from blue-collar workers with companies, the free classes will also be provided Indian women in distress sheltered by the Indian Consulate in Dubai.
  • In this regard, three classrooms at the DPS school have been dedicated to provide classes.

Recent Related News:

i.On November 3, 2020 India hosted the 8th Meeting of the India-UAE(United Arab Emirates) High Level Joint Task Force on Investments(the Joint Task Force) virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was co-chaired by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Government of India and His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

ii.On June 23, 2020, the Extraordinary Virtual Ministerial Pledging Conference for UNRWA was held where Vellamvelly Muraleedharan announced an Indian contribution of US$ 10 million to UNRWA over the next two years i.e. in 2021 and 2022.

About United Arab Emirates (UAE):
Capital– Abu Dhabi
Currency– United Arab Emirates dirham