Indian Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad is seen unfurling the national flag on the occasion of India’s 65th Independence Day at the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, Monday. – Courtesy photoSaudi Gazette
RIYADH – Indian expatriates should continue to work in Saudi Arabia with dignity and respect the emerging situation in the Kingdom, said Indian Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad referring to Nitaqat, the country’s renewed and ambitious Saudization drive.
Ahmad was addressing members of the Indian community gathered at the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, Monday to mark the country’s 65th Independence Day.
While fully backing Nitaqat, the Indian envoy said in case the Saudization drive affects the Indian workers, they should fully respect the Saudi laws and leave the Kingdom with dignity.
“If your company comes in red or yellow, as designated by Nitaqat program, don’t roam around looking for jobs that are inferior to your position. Head home to contribute to the Indian national economy,” he said. India has been in the forefront of countries that helped Saudi Arabia’s development, he said and the concentration of huge Indian skilled workers is just one example, he said.
Ahmad said Saudi Arabia and India enjoy historic bilateral relations, which are further strengthened after the exchange of high level visits by leaders of the two countries.