Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed held a meeting with the Khafji Governor Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Hassa on Tuesday. He was accorded a warm welcome. They discussed Indians’ contributions to the Kingdom and the new plans and agreements between India and Saudi Arabia.
The ambassador expressed his thanks to the governor and all other government service authorities for their continuous help and support to Indian community.
The governor, on his part, invited the ambassador to Khafji in March for the inauguration of Khafji Festival.
The ambassador held a discussion with Satham Ahammed Al Balawi, who is chairman of Saudi Tourist Guides Association and Executive Director of Khafji Festival. He also spoke with the chief of one of the prominent tribes in Khafji Muteb Al Suaimel Al Shammari.
The ambassador, along with Anil Nautiyal, first secretary, visited Al Khafji with regard to various programs. This is the first time that an Indian ambassador is visiting Khafji to interact with the community.
He addressed the Indian community in a program conducted by Indian Embassy Khafji Help Desk at the International Indian School there. He briefed them about the Indian government’s various initiatives and programs, particularly related to NRIs in Gulf.
Javed focused on India’s new initiatives and programs including MADAD portal, e-Migrate, particularly use of the social media in reaching out to the members of the community living in different parts of the Kingdom.
The ambassador also talked about the rules and regulations pertaining to the migration of housemaids from India to other countries, the menace of unauthorized recruiting agents and appealed to the community members to spread the message of legal and safe immigration of Indian nationals.
He added that steps are being taken against illegal activities of the recruiting agents.
He also assured them that appropriate measures would be taken to listen to complaints and suggestions made by the community representatives. He interacted with them for two hours. — SG