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Jaishankar interacts with Indians in UAE; assures them of the government’s response capacity after the normality of Covid | India News


DUBAI: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar interacted virtually on Thursday with members of the Indian community in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and assured them of the government’s responsiveness on matters related to post-Covid normalcy.
Jaishankar is currently visiting the UAE. He arrived here Wednesday night on the second leg of his six-day, three-nation tour to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Seychelles, which began on Tuesday.
The visit is considered so important as it comes amid the coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc around the world.
“He welcomed the interaction with members of the Indian community in Abu Dhabi,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.
“I appreciated your step forward to work with the Embassy @IndembAbuDhabi to face the challenge of Covid. It assured them of the responsiveness of the government in matters related to post-Covid normality,” he wrote.
The coronavirus has infected more than 163,000 people and claimed 563 lives in the UAE.
More than 3 million Indians live and work in the United Arab Emirates, the MEA said in a statement before the start of the minister’s visit.
According to the website of the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the Indian expat community of approximately 30.4 lakh is reportedly the largest ethnic community in the United Arab Emirates, constituting about 30 percent of the country’s population.
Among the states of India, Kerala is the most represented, followed by Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. However, the Indians of the northern states, all together, also make up a significant part of the UAE’s Indian population, he noted.
During his meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Jaishankar spoke about the advancement of India’s strategic cooperation in the post-Covid era and exchanged views on important regional and international issues.
The Indian government has organized several flights under the Vande Bharat mission, allowing thousands of Indian expatriates to leave the UAE amid the pandemic.

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