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India hopes for normal overseas movement of citizens

July 23, 2021
Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said at a media briefing on Thursday. — Courtesy file photo
Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said at a media briefing on Thursday. — Courtesy file photo

NEW DELHI — India on Thursday expressed hope that more countries would take steps to normalize the overseas movement of people from India.

"With the improvement in the COVID-19 situation in India, we have been taking up with foreign countries the issue of easing travel restrictions for Indians," Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said at a media briefing on Thursday.

"We believe that this is an important element toward economic recovery. There have been some positive steps in this direction," Bagchi added. Many countries, including some GCC states, imposed restrictions on the entry of Indians and suspended flights to and from India following the second wave of coronavirus spread in India a few months ago.

A fortnight back, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan held a meeting with Indian ambassadors in the Gulf to discuss initiatives to resume passenger flights to India from their countries of accreditation, according to the spokesperson.

Both India’s Minister for External Affairs Dr. S Jaishankar and the Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla have been taking up with foreign governments steps to help Indians who need to travel back to various countries across the world. — WAM


July 23, 2021
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