Indian foreign minister reaches out to help 10,000 stranded in Jeddah

Indian foreign minister reaches out to help 10,000 stranded in Jeddah

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj appealed to the 3 million Indians living in Saudi Arabia to help their 'fellow brothers and sisters'. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Jul 31, 2016, 06.45 AM (IST)
Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj rushed to the rescue of 10,000 unemployed Indians who were stranded in Saudi Arabia without food at a camp. She ensured that the Indian Embassy in Jeddah supplied them immediately with food on Saturday.
Swaraj reacted to a tweet by an Indian national who brought the plight of his fellow citizens to the notice of the Indian government. 
She assured that no Indian worker rendered jobless in Saudi Arabia will go without food. She also said that she was personally monitoring the situation on an hourly basis.

"Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The employers have not paid wages closed down their factories", Swaraj tweeted

"While situation in Kuwait is manageable, matters are much worse in Saudi Arabia", she said.

A man named Imran Khokhar had tweeted that 800 Indians were starving for past three days in Jeddah.

Thousands of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The factory workers have not been paid wages by their employers and factories were also shut down. Swaraj also appealed to the three million Indians living in Saudi Arabia to help their "fellow brothers and sisters".

(WION)

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Swaraj's response came after an Indian, Imran Khokhar, had tweeted that 800 unemployed nationals were starving in Saudi Arabia

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