Help Keralites In Qatar: Pinarayi Vijayan Appeals To PM Modi, Sushma Swaraj

Kerala Chief Minister has written to PM Narendra Modi, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, asking them to help people from Kerala who are stranded in Qatar

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Help Keralites In Qatar: Pinarayi Vijayan Appeals To PM Modi, Sushma Swaraj

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj.


Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, raising concerns about the lakhs of people from the state who live in Qatar. On Monday, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar, the five nations said, supported what they called Iranian-backed terrorists.

Qatar has denied the allegations, but the development has raised concerns in India, especially Kerala.

"There are about 6.5 lakh Indians in Qatar, of which nearly three lakh people hail from Kerala, and I bring to your attention our concern regarding their safety and future of their employment and their engagement in Qatar," Mr Vijayan wrote.

"Millions of Indians are working in countries in the Middle East and therefore the geo-political developments in the region has raised deep concerns among the people in the state, since each family has at least one family member or a relative in the region," Mr Vijayan  wrote.

The Gulf states have banned their citizens from travelling to Qatar and ordered Qatari citizens to leave within a fortnight. Saudi Arabia also sealed its borders with Qatar, blocking the supply lines for food that go by land.

Ms Swaraj has said the rift in the Gulf will not affect India. "Our only concern is about Indians there. We are trying to find out if any Indians are stuck there," she told reporters.

The measures taken against Qatar by the Gulf nations are severe. In 2014, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE had withdrawn their ambassadors from Doha to register protest.

Read Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's full letter here:

 


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