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Visit of Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria (September 15 -17, 2021), New Delhi, 17 September 2021.

Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs visited the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria on September 15 -17, 2021. During the visit, he called on H.E. Mr. Aimene Benabderrahmane, Prime Minister of Algeria and held discussions on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. MoS had fruitful discussions with Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, Foreign Minister and Minister of National Community Abroad and Mr. Rashid Chakib Kaib, Secretary General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was agreed to hold the 10th round of India-Algeria Joint Commission Meeting at an early date.

MoS also met Mr. Kamel Rezig, Minister of Trade and Export Promotion and Mr. Arkab Mohamed, Minister of Energy and Mines of Algeria. It was agreed to give further impetus to our economic engagement with Algeria in diverse fields, including energy, chemicals and fertilizers. There is a common desire to further enhance bilateral trade and investments between India and Algeria.

Algeria has a small but vibrant Indian community of about 4000 persons, mostly working for various companies. MoS interacted with a group of them during the visit. Overall, the visit set the tone for furthering our bilateral relations with Algeria. Source: Embassy of India, Algiers.


Visit of Minister of State for External Affairs to Bahrain (30 August to 1 September, 2021), Manama, 02 September 2021.

Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs (MoS), Government of India paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain from 30th August to 1st September, 2021. This is the first official visit of Shri V. Muraleedharan, MoS.  He was received by Mr. Tawfeeq Ahmed Al Mansoor, Under-secretary for Consular & Administrative Affairs, MoFA, and Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr. Piyush Srivastava on his arrival at the Bahrain Airport.  

2. During the visit, he called on His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and met H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and H.E. Mr. Jameel Humaidan, Minister of Labour. He also visited Bahrain Economic Development Board. During the visit, Bahrain Economic Development Board, Chief Executive, Mr. Khalid Humaidan briefed MoS on the Kingdom’s economic progress and policies for further strengthening bilateral trade and investment. MoS was also briefed by Prime Minister’s Office Director-General & Cabinet Secretary General, Hamad Faisal Al Malki at Gudaibiya Palace about Bahrain’s initiative in the field of investment and labour reforms. Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani also hosted a dinner in honour of MoS. 

3. MoS Shri V. Muraleedharan thanked the Leadership and the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain for taking exceptional care of the community during the Covid-19 pandemic and for Kingdom’s solidarity and support to India and their kind gesture to send medical equipment and oxygen to India during the severe second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Bahrain Leadership thanked India for supply of vaccines, medicines and facilitating travel of doctors and paramedics to the Kingdom. 

4. Mr. V. Muraleedharan held delegation level talks with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister.  The two Ministers discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest including cooperation and coordination in dealing with post-Covid challenges.  Both sides expressed satisfaction on the steady progress on various areas of bilateral cooperation, as reviewed in the recently held 3rd High Joint Commission meeting, and reiterated commitment to further strengthening the relationship particularly in the areas of trade and investment, defence and security, IT, fintech, space technology, health and pharmaceuticals, education, food processing, logistics and energy including renewable energy. 

5. MoS also interacted with the Heads of Indian Associations, Medical Fraternity and Representatives of Educational Institutions in Bahrain. He paid a visit to historic 200 years old Shreenathji (Shree Krishna) temple in Manama.  The temple and the Little India around it stand as a testimony for the enduring India-Bahrain friendship. He inauguratedBKS@75 celebrations at the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam, the largest expatriate club, which is also celebrating its 75th year of establishment in Bahrain. During his interaction with the Indian community members, MoS briefed them about transformational reforms being undertaken in economic and educational domains in India through visionary initiatives of Atam Nirbhar Bharat and the new National Education Policy. He reassured our community of the high priority given by the Government of India for the welfare of our diaspora. 

6. MoS also interacted with the members of Indian Universities Alumni Society (IUAS) on 31st August, 2021. The Society is formed by Bahraini dignitaries who have studied in India. The foundation of Indian Universities Alumni Society (IUAS) was laid on 30t January, 2019 as a platform where all the Bahraini alumnus in Indian universities can meet, exchange ideas and work together to promote education of Bahraini students in India as well as encourage students and faculty exchange and cooperation between the concerned Universities of the two countries.

7. An Indian community event followed by reception was organised to mark the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations on 1st September, 2021.  During the event, Mr. K.G. Baburajan was felicitated with Pravasi Bharatiya Sam-man Award by MoS on behalf of the Government of India.  Mr. K. G. Baburajan is one of the 30 recipients who were conferred with the award at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention held in virtual mode in January 2021. The award is the highest honour conferred by the President of India on over-seas Indians. The reception was attended by Members of the Council of Representatives, senior officials from the Government of Bahrain, PBSA awardees, prominent Indian businessmen, media personnel, members of Public Sector Undertakings and representatives of Indian community Associations in Bahrain.    

8. The visit was positively received by the Leadership, Government and the people of Bahrain, which provided an opportunity to review and discuss further strengthening our multifaceted bilateral ties. The Minister also had exclusive interaction with members of Indian community and Bahraini societies and invited them to be a part of continuing celebrations of Golden Jubilee of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kingdom of Bah-rain, as well as Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav commemorating 75th anniversary of India’s independence. Source: Embassy of India, Bahrain

Press Release on virtual meeting between Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports of India and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of Kingdom of Bahrain, Manama, 16 September 2021.

Hon’ble Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports of India, Shri Anurag Thakur and H.E. Mr Aymen Tawfiq Almoayyed, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kingdom of Bahrain had a wide ranging and comprehensive discussion in a virtual meeting held on 16 September 2021.

2. Both Ministers praised the deep rooted, historical and multifaceted relations between India and Kingdom of Bahrain and the continued engagement across diverse sectors despite challenges posed by COVID 19 pandemic.

3. The discussions focused on youth exchanges, student exchanges and cultural exchanges as well as opportunities for the young entrepreneurs of both countries in the start-up environment. The Ministers also discussed cooperation in Sports sector and explored possibilities for increased interaction in this area. Hon’ble Minister Shri Anurag Thakur also briefed about India’s skilling initiative and how it could be tailored to suit the needs of the youth of both countries.

4. The Ministers also shared their desire to meet physically at the earliest opportunity. Source: Embassy of India, Bahrain.

Unveiling of The Logo for the Celebrations of Golden Jubilee of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between India and the Kingdom of Bahrain, Manama, 19 September 2021.

Embassy of India organized a joint Logo launch ceremony on 19 September, 2021 to unveil the logo for the celebrations of Golden Jubilee of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the Kingdom of Bahrain. The diplomatic relations between India and the Kingdom of Bahrain were established on 12 October 1971. The Logo launch event is part of the year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations.  

2. H.E. Mr. Abdulrahman Al Gaoud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to India; H.E. Ms. Fatima Abdulla al Dhaen, Chief of Afro-Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and H.E. Ambassador Piyush Srivastava jointly unveiled the logo and also addressed the gathering. 

3. Representatives from Bahrain Arts and Cultural Authority; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain; as well as Indian community organizations, Indian PSUs in Bahrain, Business Community Media fraternity and prominent Bahraini and Indian dignitaries were present at the occasion.

4. The Embassy of India, in association with MoFA, Bahrain had held   Logo design contest in the month of June 2021, open for Indian and Bahraini nationals, which attracted more than 200 entries. The logo designed by Mr. Ajo Antony, an Indian national resident in Bahrain, was selected after an elaborate process. Mr. Ajo Antony was felicitated by Ambassador Piyush Srivastava on the occasion.

5. The Embassy in partnership with the concerned agencies of the Government of Kingdom of Bahrain, and Indian community organizations will be hosting a series of events in 2021-22 to mark the milestone of Golden Jubilee of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kingdom of Bahrain. Source: Embassy of India, Bahrain.

Press Release on virtual meeting between Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India and Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain on 28 September, Manama, 28 September 2021.

 H.E.  Sh.  Hardeep S Puri, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, and H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil Kingdom of Bahrain held a virtual meeting on 28 September 2021 in which they discussed ways to deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation in hydrocarbon sector, both in upstream and downstream areas. 

2.  Both Ministers praised the deep rooted, historical and multifaceted relations between India and Kingdom of Bahrain and the continued engagement across diverse sectors despite challenges posed by COVID 19 pandemic. Noting the excellent bilateral cooperation in dealing with the pandemic, Minister Puri thanked the Kingdom of Bahrain for providing liquid medial oxygen during second severe wave of Covid-19 in India.  Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain thanked Government of India for providing Covishield vaccines to Bahrain.

3.  Sh.  Hardeep S Puri invited Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa to visit India at a mutually convenient time. Source: Embassy of India, Bahrain.


Ns Tabar Conducts Maritime Partnership Exercise with Egyptian Navy, New Delhi, 07 September 2021.

On leaving the port of Alexandria on 05 September 21, INS Tabar undertook a maritime partnership exercise with ENS Alexandria, a frontline frigate of the Egyptian Navy, in the Mediterranean Sea.

The exercise involved multiple activities covering a wide range of naval operations. These included drills for transit through asymmetric threat environment, operations for interdicting suspect vessels at sea, communication procedures, joint development of maritime domain picture and replenishment at sea drills. A highlight of the exercise was the cross-deck helo operations that involved help recovery procedures and airborne light replenishment drills between the two ships.

The exercise was significantly beneficial in enhancing interoperability between the two navies and widened the scope for combined operations against common maritime threats in future. The maritime partnership exercise culminated with a ‘Steam Past’ between the two ships, as per naval custom. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).


India-Kuwait Joint Working Group on Labour, Employment and Development of Manpower, Kuwait, 07 September 2021.

The Seventh Meeting of the Joint Working Group on Labour, Employment and the Development of Manpower between the Government of India and Government of the State of Kuwait was held virtually on 07 September 2021. His Excellency Shri Abbagani Ramu, Joint Secretary (Overseas Indian Affairs (OIA-1), Ministry of External Affairs led the India delegation; while His Excellency Mr. Mishal Ibrahim Al-Mudhaf, Assistant Foreign Minister for Consulate Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Kuwait led the Kuwaiti delegation. The Indian delegation included representatives from OE & PGE Division, Gulf Division & CPV Divisions of the Ministry of External Affairs; joined by the officers from Embassy of India, Kuwait.  The Kuwaiti delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Interior, Public Authority of Manpower and Domestic Labour Recruitment Department from Government of Kuwait. 

2.  The last meeting of the Joint Working Group was held in 2018. There are around one million Indians living in Kuwait, well represented in all professions and activities.

3. Both sides reviewed all issues related to manpower and labour cooperation, including the matters related to domestic workers, Indian Engineers, and other Indian workers in Kuwait, aligning the e-migration platforms of both the countries, recruitment of nurses, transfer of sentenced persons and cases of missing Indians in Kuwait. They also discussed issues related to return of stranded Indians to Kuwait. 

4. Both sides agreed on faster implementation of the MoU on Cooperation on Recruitment of Domestic Sector Workers signed during the visit of H. E. Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India to Kuwait in June 2021.

5. The report of the Joint Working Group on Labour, Employment and Development of Manpower will be submitted to the Joint Commission Meeting, to be headed by External Affairs Minister of India and Foreign Minister of Kuwait, which is likely to be held soon. The Joint commission was established during the visit of H. E. Sheikh (Dr.)  Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, Foreign Minister of Kuwait to India in March 2021, with the objective of rekindling the India-Kuwait bilateral relationship, especially in the context of the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kuwait.

6. JS(OIA-1) thanked the Government of State of Kuwait for hosting the Indian community in Kuwait.  Both sides agreed on continuation of regular interactions to further discuss the issues in detail.  Source: Embassy of India, Kuwait.

Made in India Exhibition (14-15 September 2021), Kuwait, 16 September 2021.   

Embassy of India, Kuwait organized 'Made in India Exhibition” from 14-15 September 2021 at the Embassy premises showcasing ‘Made in India’ products in all categories such as agricultural products, gems and jewellery, consumer goods, tea, coffee, textiles, furniture, apparel, handicrafts, engineering goods and automobiles etc. The products displayed included products such as buses and trucks from TATA motors, cars and pickup from Mahindra and motorcycles from Royal Enfield, TRIFED products, Tea from Assam, West Bengal and Nilgiri by Tea Board of India, Araku Coffee, Jewellery from Joylukkas & Raya Jewellers, Kent RO, La-Opala tableware, Himalaya Ayurveda and herbal products, and different FMCG products sourced by LULU Hypermarket and Oncost, NBTC, OBTC etc. An AYUSH Lounge was installed by the Embassy in the exhibition.   

2. Ambassador of India to Kuwait Shri Sibi George inaugurated the exhibition and in his inaugural speech welcomed guests and spoke about the excellent bilateral cooperation between India and Kuwait in all sectors and highlighted the popularity of ‘Made in India’ products in Kuwait. He underlined that the year 2021, India is celebrating two years long celebration of 75th anniversary of its independence (Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav) as well as 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the India and Kuwait. He reiterated that as part of the vision of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India is working to promote Indian exports abroad and the Embassy is committed to showcase the finest of Indian products and example of our technological advancement.  He emphasized that under the guidance of leadership of both the countries, relationship between two countries will reach new heights.  H.E Mr.  Mazin Al-Essa, Under Secretary, Amiri Diwan, State of Kuwait, was chief guest of the event, which was attended by many resident Ambassadors and members of diplomatic community in Kuwait as well as Kuwaiti businessmen and media persons.

3. On 14th September, to celebrate 75th anniversary of India’s independence, a spectacular presentation of 75 dishes from different region of the India showing rich culinary heritage and diversity was held. A grand cultural show with traditional classical dance and music performance was held.   

4. On 15th September, the Exhibition included a show called ‘Parinay' – celebration of Indian Weddings, bridal and wedding costumes showcased by members of Indian community. This was followed by a cultural evening wherein various Indian artists residing in the State of Kuwait presented their performances. 

5. The event was very well received and was visited by a large number of Kuwaiti and Indian Business and media persons and diplomatic community in Kuwait. The event was also broadcast on Embassy’s social media which was attended online by thousands. Source: Embassy of India, Kuwait

Launch of Indian Women’s Network, Kuwait, 30 September 2021. 

Ambassador of India to Kuwait, Shri Sibi George, joined by representatives of Indian women from all walks of life in Kuwait, formally launched the Indian Women’s Network (IWN) today (30 September 2021).  

The event was attended by distinguished dignitaries from diplomatic and business communities and friends of India in Kuwait; during the finale of the Namaste Kuwait- Glimpses of Timeless India Art Exhibition by Mrs Joice Sibi held at the Kuwait Arts Association. 

Indian Women’s Network (IWN) is a platform envisaged and created by the Embassy of India in Kuwait with the objective to bring together all Indian women in Kuwait on one platform as part of Embassy's community outreach activities in Kuwait.  The IWN aims to connect with all Indian women residing in the State of Kuwait, across professional or educational backgrounds and promote their engagement through various activities in the field of education, business, culture, health, science, literature, arts and sports. Source: Embassy of India, Kuwait.


Remarks by Ambassador, Felicitation of Mumbai and Oman Cricket Team, Muscat, 06 September 2021.

Mr. Pankaj Khimji, Chairman, Oman Cricket and other senior officials from Oman Cricket;

Mr. Duleep Mendis, Head Coach of Oman Cricket Team;

Mr. Zeeshan Maqsood, Captain of Oman Cricket Team;

Mr. Amol Muzumdar, Coach of Mumbai Cricket Team;

Mr. Shams Mulani, Captain of Mumbai Cricket Team;

Esteemed players and officials from both the teams;

Distinguished Guests, and Media persons;

Good Evening!

I thank you all for joining us for this special event to felicitate the visiting Mumbai Cricket Team and Oman Cricket Team.

2. Let me first extend a warm welcome to the Mumbai Cricket Team in Oman. We are delighted that Mumbai Team could visit Oman at a short notice and play matches in different formats with Oman team. I had the pleasure to attend one of these matches and witness some amazing cricket. These matches have provided fans and cricket lovers in Oman great entertainment. They must have also helped the Oman team prepare for the important tournaments ahead. Mumbai Cricket Team, as we all know, holds a very special place in India’s cricket arena. Not only, it has a stellar record in domestic tournaments, but it has also given us many all-time greats of international cricket. I invite you all to give a big round of applause to welcome their presence amidst us.

3. We are also delighted to see Oman making rapid progress in the sports world. In recent years, Oman has successfully hosted many international sporting events. It is a moment of immense pride for Oman that the first match of ICC T20 World Cup shall be played in Oman on this very ground. I would like to commend the leadership of Oman for their vision to promote sports in Oman and develop world-class infrastructure. I would like to congratulate the Oman Cricket for their achievements and extend our best wishes for the successful hosting of T20 World Cup and other international matches in the weeks and months ahead. Our best wishes are also with Oman Cricket Team for success in all the forthcoming tournaments.

4. Friends, sports truly connect and builds bridges of friendship between peoples and countries. India and Oman share a friendship that goes back several thousand years. Ours is truly a vibrant, multifaceted strategic partnership. However, we are really happy to see a new facet of enhanced exchanges in the fields of sports getting added to this partnership. In my three years of stay in Oman, we have had the pleasure of seeing Indian national hockey and football teams play in Oman. Our sailors attended the Olympic qualifiers and did pretty well. They will be returning later this year. We now have a partnership between our Cricket administration bodies which I am sure will grow and strengthen in the years ahead. We also look forward to seeing Mumbai Cricket Team return to Oman and maybe this will become a regular feature.

5. I would like to conclude by recalling a famous quote from Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who of course hails from Mumbai. He had said, “Enjoy the game & chase your dreams because dreams do come true”. Ladies and gentlemen do enjoy the game, as Oman shall witness some amazing cricketing action in the coming days. Thank you. Source: Embassy of India, Muscat.

Book release: ‘Oman-India Ties Across Sea and Space’, Muscat, 26 September 2021.

A special book that chronicles the deep and timeless friendship between India and Oman, “Oman-India Ties Across Sea and Space” was formally released on 26 September 2021. The book has been published by Oman Daily Observer (Ministry of Information) in collaboration with the Embassy of India, Muscat, to commemorate the 50th National Day of Oman and 75th Year of India’s Independence, which is being celebrated as Amrit Mahotsav.

The book has been written by Mr. Samuel Kutty, Senior Editor of Oman Daily Observer and Dr. Sandhya Rao Mehta, Associate Professor of Sultan Qaboos University. It highlights the shared heritage of India & Oman and explores opportunities for enhancing India-Oman bilateral relations in various spheres.

A special event was organized at the Embassy which was graced by H.E. Ali bin Khalfan bin Salem Al Jabri, Undersecretary of Information as Chief Guest for formal release of the book. The book was released by H.E. Undersecretary of Information; H.E. Munu Mahawar, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman and both the authors during the event. The event was also attended by Senior officials from Government of Oman, Ambassadors, diplomats, senior media professionals, other Omani & Indian dignitaries and members of Indian community.

The official event started with playing of National anthems of both the countries. Videos on Amrit Mahotsav, India-Oman cooperation and glimpses of the book were played during the event.

Ambassador Munu Mahawar in his speech stated that, “there is so much to write on India-Oman relations, right from 5000 years old historical linkages to vibrant people-to-people ties, growing economic relations, close security cooperation and immense opportunities for further expansion in all these areas, that even more than 300 pages were less to do justice to each facet of our relationship.” Ambassador conveyed best wishes for continued peace, progress & prosperity of Oman and fondly recalled the warmth & support received by him in all his engagements during his tenure.

H.E. Undersecretary of Information also gave a speech and stated that, “the valuable book marks the deep-rooted ties between the two friendly countries over decades of civilizational contact”. He added that the robust ties between both the countries shall further prosper in coming years.

Dr. Sandhya Rao Mehta and Mr. Samuel Kutty, authors of the book shared their experiences and spoke about the importance of the book, as it not only highlights the historic relations, but also explores in detail the future cooperation opportunities between India and Oman.

The event concluded with the formal book release of “Oman-India Ties Across Sea and Space”. A copy of the book was also gifted to all the distinguished guests who attended the event. Source: Embassy of India, Muscat.

Signing Of MoU on White Shipping Information Exchange Between Indian Navy and Royal Navy of Oman, New Delhi, 27 September 2021.

Rear Admiral Saif bin Nasser bin Mohsen Al-Rahbi, Commander of Royal Navy of Oman (CRNO) and Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Indian Navy signed an MoU for exchange of White Shipping Information on 27 September 2021. The MoU was signed at Maritime Security Center (MSC), Muscat during the ongoing visit of the CNS to Oman.

The signing of the MoU between Royal Navy of Oman and Indian Navy would facilitate information exchange on merchant shipping traffic, through IFC-IOR, India and MSC, Oman and contribute to enhanced maritime safety and security in the region. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).


External Affairs Minister's meeting with Foreign Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, New Delhi, 19 September 2021.

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar met the visiting Foreign Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H.H. Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud today at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. This is the first ministerial visit from Saudi Arabia to India since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Both Ministers discussed all issues related to their bilateral relationship and regional and international issues of mutual interest.

2. The two Ministers reviewed the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Council Agreement signed between the two sides during the visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in October 2019. They expressed satisfaction at the meetings held under the Agreement and progress achieved. Both sides discussed further steps to strengthen their partnership in trade, investment, energy, defence, security, culture, consular issues, health care and human resources.

3. Both Ministers exchanged views on the developments in Afghanistan and other regional issues. They also discussed bilateral cooperation in multilateral forums such as UN, G-20 and GCC. EAM congratulated Saudi Arabia on its successful Presidency of G-20 last year despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

4. EAM appreciated Saudi Arabia for the support provided to the Indian community during the Covid-19 pandemic and urged Saudi Arabia to further relax restrictions on travel from India. Source: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, New Delhi, 20 September 2021.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met today with His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The meeting reviewed progress on various ongoing bilateral initiatives, including those taken under the aegis of the Strategic Partnership Council established between both countries. Prime Minister expressed India's keenness to see greater investment from Saudi Arabia, including in key sectors like energy, IT and defence manufacturing.

The meeting also allowed exchange of perspectives on regional developments, including the situation in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister conveyed his special thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for looking after the welfare of the Indian diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister also conveyed his warm greetings and regards to His Majesty the King and His Highness the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Source: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).


Ministry of Commerce & Industry In a major boost to agricultural products exports, First consignment of Ladakh Apricot exported to Dubai, New Delhi, 02 September 2021.

In a move which could boost agricultural and food products exports from Ladakh, first commercial shipment of Apricot sourced from region of Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh has been exported to Dubai.

The consignment of Apricot was transhipped from Leh, Ladakh to Mumbai prior to being exported to Dubai. APEDA has been working to establish an export value chain for Ladakh Apricot in association with an importer Group based in Dubai. The shipment was exported by APEDA registered Exporter from Mumbai.

Ladakh Apricots have a unique soothing taste and texture with high sugar contents and total soluble solids. UT of Ladakh produces several varieties of Apricots out of which four to five varieties are taken up for commercial cultivation and export opportunities exist for these varieties.

Prior to this shipment to Dubai, few sample shipments of fresh apricots were sent during the month of August from Leh to Dubai by air.

APEDA is currently assisting the exports in building the brand of Ladakh Apricots. The fruit for the shipment was harvested, cleaned and packed by local entrepreneurs who were provided technical assistance by APEDA on the requirements of the export value chain.

This export of Ladakh Apricots opens up the potential of shipments of other temperate fruits and organic products from the region to Middle East countries.

There have been repeat orders for shipment of Ladakh Apricots to various other destinations of Middle Eastern countries such as Oman and Qatar.

For giving boost to exports of agricultural produce from Ladakh, which would enhance farmers’ as well as entrepreneurs’ income, APEDA in association with officials of the horticulture, agriculture, commerce and industry departments of Union Territory and Defence Institute of High-Altitude Research are working out comprehensive plan of actions.

Following a series of interactions held recently at Ladakh, identified areas of work include enhancement of production of fruits with medicinal values including sea buckthorn, apricot and organic produce and introduction of the traceability system, capacity-building of farmers and value addition of products.

Technical assistance for building the capacity of stakeholder including entrepreneurs, officials, farmers, branding and marketing of Ladakhi products and making Ladakh an ‘organic’ region is in process. APEDA would provide special assistance for branding and promotion of Ladakhi products, especially sea buckthorn which is rich in Vitamin C, omega and other essential nutrients.

In its promotion program, APEDA mentioned that this is just beginning of exports of Ladakh products; it will explore more and more products from UT of Ladakh to overseas market for boosting exports from the region in coming days. This initiative will result in generating better realization to the Ladakh products.

Although the Ladakh Apricot season is going to over during next fortnight, shipments from higher altitude areas of the Ladakh are being persuaded for consistent supply of fresh Ladakh Apricots to all destinations in Middle Eastern markets.

Secretary Agriculture, UT of Ladakh and Secretary Commerce & Industry, UT of Ladakh mentioned that the UT produces approximately 15,789 MT of Apricots out of which four to five varieties are fit for exports.  The UT would be able to enhance production as well as introduction of new commercial varieties for enhancing exports from Ladakh. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB)

Telephone Conversation between PM Shri Narendra Modi & Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, New Delhi, 03 September.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today afternoon. The two leaders positively assessed the continued progress in bilateral cooperation in various areas under the India-UAE comprehensive strategic partnership. Prime Minister appreciated UAE’s support for the Indian community during the Covid-19 pandemic. He also conveyed best wishes for Expo-2020 to be held in Dubai from October 1, 2021.

Both leaders also discussed regional issues of common concern. They agreed that there is no place for terrorism and extremism in the world and stressed the importance of international community standing together against such forces. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).

Joint Press Statement on the Launch of Negotiations for the India – United Arab Emirates Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), New Delhi, 22 September 2021.

H.E. Shri Piyush Goyal, India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution and Textiles, and H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Trade, have formally launched negotiations on the India-United Arab Emirates Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi and a high-level UAE delegation have travelled to New Delhi to hold talks aimed at improving bilateral economic relations, including expanding the existing trade and investment relationship. The first round of CEPA negotiations will be held on 23-24 September 2021.

Looking to build on the progress made by both countries under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership signed in 2017; both Ministers expressed a desire to reach a mutually beneficial economic deal. Both sides will aim to conclude negotiations by December 2021 and sign a formal agreement in March 2022 after the completion of internal legal procedures and ratification.

Both Ministers emphasized that CEPA will create new jobs, raise living standards, and provide wider social and economic opportunities in both nations. A new strategic economic agreement is expected to increase bilateral trade in goods to USD 100 billion within five years of the signed agreement and increase trade in services to USD 15 billion.

The UAE is currently India’s third-largest trading partner with bilateral trade in 2019/2020 valued at USD 59 billion. The UAE is also India’s second-largest export destination after the US, with exports valued at approximately USD 29 billion in 2019-2020. India was the UAE’s second-largest trading partner in 2019, with bilateral non-oil trade valued at USD 41 billion. The UAE is the eighth-largest investor in India, having invested USD 11 billion between April 2000 and March 2021, while investment by Indian companies in the UAE is estimated to be over USD 85 billion.

India's major exports to the UAE include petroleum products, precious metals, stones, gems and jewellery, minerals, food items such as cereals, sugar, fruits and vegetables, tea, meat, and seafood, textiles, engineering and machinery products, and chemicals. India's top imports from the UAE include petroleum and petroleum products, precious metals, stones, gems and jewellery, minerals, chemicals and wood and wood products. India imported USD 10.9 billion of crude oil from the UAE in 2019-2020.

During the meeting in New Delhi, H.E. Goyal extended his deepest appreciation to the UAE for its support during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for supplying liquid medical oxygen and medicine. For his part, H.E. Al Zeyoudi also thanked the Government of India for its support during the pandemic, which included keeping supply chains open.

Reaffirming their commitment to working together, both Ministers agreed to strengthen the rules-based, transparent, non-discriminatory, open, and inclusive multilateral trading system embodied by the World Trade Organization. They also agreed to work towards a balanced and inclusive outcome at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva, Switzerland.

H.E. Goyal conveyed India’s best wishes for Expo 2020 Dubai, which begins on 1 October 2021, and expressed confidence that India’s participation will help boost bilateral trade and investment. He also confirmed he will co-chair the ninth UAE-India High Level Joint Task Force on Investments with His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

Both Ministers underlined the need to coordinate and promote cooperation under the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed in January 2017 between the two countries for cooperation on trade remedy measures. As envisaged in that agreement, both countries will identify clear areas of focus and establish ways of working together to resolve trade remedy cases.

Both Ministers emphasized that concluding CEPA negotiations quickly and constructively will further strengthen the deep trade and economic ties between both countries. Source: Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi.


UNSC briefing on Syria (Chemical Weapons), India Statement by Ambassador R. Ravindra Deputy Permanent Representative, New York, 02 September 2021.

Madam President, at the outset, I join others in congratulating your delegation on assuming the presidency of the Council and extend our best wishes. I also thank you and others for kind words towards to my delegation for our August Presidency of the Council.

I thank Under Secretary General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu for her update.

2. We have taken note of the contents of the latest 95th monthly report by DG-OPCW. We note the recent announcement by DG-OPCW to deploy the Declaration Assessment Team (DAT) to resolve outstanding issues regarding Syria’s initial declaration and subsequent submissions and the response from the Syrian National Authority proposing to receive the DAT team in October 2021. We encourage the two sides to work out mutually acceptable dates at the earliest.

3. Our views on the Chemical Weapons Convention have been consistent. The CWC is a unique, non-discriminatory disarmament instrument. It is a model for the elimination of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. We attach high importance to the CWC, and stand for its full, effective and non-discriminatory implementation.  We support the collective efforts by all to ensure that the credibility and integrity of this Convention is maintained to the fullest.

4. India is against the use of chemical weapons by anybody, anywhere, at any time and under any circumstances. India has consistently maintained that any investigation into the use of chemical weapons must be impartial, credible, and objective, following scrupulously the provisions and procedure embedded in the Convention, and in conformity with the delicate balance of power and responsibility enshrined under it to establish facts and reach evidence-based conclusions.

5. Since we joined the Council in January this year, India has been repeatedly cautioning against the possibility of terrorist entities and individuals gaining access to chemical weapons. We are concerned at the frequent reports of resurgence of terrorist groups in Syria and the region. As we have learnt from the consequences of complacency against terrorism in the past, the international community cannot afford to ignore terrorist activities in Syria and beyond.

6. When the Council came together in July this year, by unanimously voting in favour of resolution 2585, we showed the world that progress on the Syria file, after a decade of conflict and impasse, is possible, provided we were all willing to walk that extra step and work in tandem while taking cognizance of each other’s concerns. Let us continue to advance the same constructive spirit with regard to the chemical weapons discussions.

I thank you, Madam President. Source: Permanent Mission of India to the UN.

United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Statement by Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the UN, New York, 10 September 2021.

Madam President,

At the outset, I would like to thank Special Envoy Mr. Jan Kubis for his informative briefing.

There has been a sense of cautious optimism with regard to the situation in Libya over the last few months, especially since the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement on 23 October 2020. The Council witnessed and welcomed the political progress achieved, including establishment of the Government of National Unity charged with the conduct of elections on 24 December 2021.

However, as we heard from the Special Envoy and noted from the report of the Secretary General, despite the progress, there are still causes for concern. The security situation remains fragile; the involvement of external forces in the internal affairs of Libya has negatively impacted the progress on the political track; and terrorist forces have been raising their heads once again in Libya.

Madam President,

We are not far from December, when all the stakeholders in Libya had agreed that elections should be held. As Libya embarks on its journey towards peace and stability, it is incumbent upon the international community and the Security Council, in particular, to continue to provide support to the country so that the political progress achieved in the country does not whittle away. In this regard, I would like to make the following suggestions:

One, elections need to be held as planned on 24 December 2021 in a free and fair manner. This point cannot be overemphasized since the very essence of Libya’s political progress hinges on this aspect. In order to achieve this, it is vital that the constitutional and legal basis for conducting elections is agreed upon early. We are happy to note the reports that House of Representatives is in the process of finalizing electoral law and call upon all the concerned parties to work together to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution at the earliest so that the elections can be held as scheduled. At the same time, we encourage the High National Elections Commission to continue to prepare for the upcoming elections.

Two, the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Libya needs to be safeguarded. The peace process must be fully Libyan-led and Libyan-owned with no imposition or external interference. We also encourage all Libyan parties to continue to make concerted efforts towards the unification of all national institutions.

Three, the provisions of the Ceasefire Agreement and successive Security Council resolutions need to be respected. Unfortunately, these provisions, in particular those related to the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries, continue to be violated. It is equally alarming that the arms embargo continues to be blatantly violated, as repeatedly reported by the Panel of Experts. There needs to be a serious discussion within this Council on what further measures could be taken to ensure that the decisions of the Council on withdrawal of foreign forces are implemented, so that sustainable peace and stability prevails in Libya.

Four, we must ensure that terrorist groups and affiliated entities are not allowed to operate unchallenged in Libya. The continued presence and activities of ISIL in Libya is of serious concern as highlighted by the recent report of the Secretary General. This is a matter of grave concern due to the potential cascading effect it could have throughout the Sahel region. It is unfortunate that the issue is not drawing the attention it deserves. The international community must speak in one voice against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Five, we need to plan for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of armed groups and non-state armed actors. We appreciate the fact that UNSMIL is prepared to render assistance to Libya in this process.

Six, an inclusive and comprehensive national reconciliation process is the need of the hour. We hope that all the parties concerned would engage sincerely in this endeavour. We also urge the international community to support such a process.

We are working closely with other Council members on the renewal of the mandate of UNSMIL. In this regard, we note the report of the Independent Strategic Review of UNSMIL and its recommendations, which will, among others, guide our thinking on the mandate.

To conclude, India has traditionally enjoyed close and mutually beneficial bilateral ties with Libya, and we remain committed to supporting Libya and the Libyan people in their endeavour to bring about lasting peace in the country.

I thank you, Madame President. Source: Permanent Mission of India to the UN.

UNSC Consultations on Yemen, Statement by Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the UN, New York, 10 September 2021.

Thank you, Madam President.

I join other colleagues in congratulating Mr. Hans Grundberg on his appointment as the new UN Special Envoy to Yemen and welcome him to this meeting. I thank him for his briefing and assure him on India’s full support for his efforts to restore peace in Yemen. I also thank OCHA’s Deputy Director of Operations Ghada Eltahir Mudawi and Ms. Entesar Al-Qadhi for their briefings and welcome the Permanent Representative of Yemen to the meeting.

2. This month marks the completion of seven years of the current conflict in Yemen. Yet, the situation in the country remains precarious. We are deeply concerned at the intensification of fighting in various parts of the country in recent weeks, in particular between Yemeni government forces and the Ansarallah in Ma’rib. The number of fatalities has been mounting and the escalating levels of violence and the conflict is also jeopardizing the chances of a ceasefire.

3. We are also concerned by the deterioration of the security situation in Aden and the southern governorates. Progress on the implementation of the Riyadh agreement remains vital to addressing these tensions and we encourage the Government and the Southern Transitional Council to resume the dialogue facilitated by Saudi Arabia for resolving the issues related to the implementation of the Agreement.

4. We call on all parties to renounce military confrontations, work towards protecting lives and establishing enduring peace. The aspirations of the Yemeni people and their hopes for peace, stability and prosperity should be the focus of these efforts.

5. India views with concern the continued cross border missile and drone attacks into Saudi Arabia, which undermine security and stability in the Gulf region and the supply and security of global energy flows. The deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructure is also a flagrant violation of international law. Three Indians were among eight civilians who were injured in the recent attack on Abha airport. We call for a strict implementation of the arms embargo envisaged in resolution 2216 and its effective monitoring to eliminate such attacks in future.

6. The chaotic security situation in Yemen and the recent developments in the region could provide fresh impetus to the revival of activities of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda. It is important for this Council to keep its focus on activities of these groups in Yemen and their linkages with the global terrorist network.

Madam President,

7. With respect to the humanitarian situation, India remains extremely concerned about the deteriorating situation in Yemen. The unprecedented humanitarian crisis is an indicator of the human toll of conflict and the suffering for the Yemeni people. Children, in particular, have been the most affected. India urges all parties to the conflict to allow the free, regular and unimpeded passage of food, fuel, medicines and other humanitarian relief.

8. Peace and stability in Hudaydah is also essential to ensure smooth flow of humanitarian aid and other essential commodities into Yemen. In this regard, I call on all parties to fully implement the Stockholm Agreement. I express our support for the efforts by UNMHA, under the leadership of General Abhijit Guha, towards implementing the Hudaydah Agreement.

9. Nearly 50% of the funding requirement for Yemen’s Humanitarian Response Plan is still unmet. Without additional funding, humanitarian agencies may be forced to scale down or shut down programmes from this month, especially in health and sanitation sectors. The consequences of such a reduction would be borne by millions of Yemenis. In this regard, the humanitarian conference on Yemen co-organized by the EU, Sweden and Switzerland later this month is a welcome development. We hope it would provide an opportunity to address the crisis with new funding.

10. An urgent solution to the FSO SAFER issue is required to avoid any imminent environmental catastrophe and ensure uninterrupted international maritime passage through the Red Sea. Unfortunately, the discussions between Ansarallah and the UN have not brought about the desired results so far.  I reiterate our call for immediate and full access to the SAFER oil tanker for the United Nations team.

11. We strongly believe that meaningful participation of women in decision-making substantially strengthens and deepens the effectiveness of peace building and develops stability in the society. I commend the efforts undertaken by various Yemeni women groups to advance women’s participation in political processes and welcome their active leadership in peace building in Yemen. I also appreciate UN’s close engagement with these groups.

Madam President,

12. In conclusion, I reiterate that the only sustainable solution to the conflict is a peacefully negotiated, Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned political settlement that is inclusive, fair and prioritizes the well-being of all Yemenis. Nationwide cessation of hostilities is the starting point for such a settlement. I urge all relevant parties to engage constructively with the new Special Envoy to secure an early political solution to the conflict. I thank you. Source: Permanent Mission of India to the UN.

UNSC briefing/consultations on Syria-Humanitarian, India Statement by Ambassador R. Ravindra, Deputy Permanent Representative, New York, 15 September 2021.

Madam President,

Let me begin by thanking Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths for his update. We  welcome the latest insights provided by his recent visits to the region.

2. The humanitarian crisis in Syria has not seen much improvement in the recent months. More than 13 million people across Syria are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, which has been further aggravated by the compounding water crisis. One million people have been affected by the disruption of Alouk water station. The drought conditions and reduced water flows in the Euphrates River has further added to problem. Covid-19 active cases are increasing every day, particularly in North-West Syria, while the vaccination levels have remained very low.

3. In this context, the visit of USG Martin Griffiths and his assessment of the current situation has reminded us again what needs to be done urgently. We welcome his visit and his engagement with the Government and the leadership of Syria.

4. We have been consistently emphasizing that the answer to the humanitarian crisis lies in a political solution. Without forward movement on the political front, the humanitarian crisis will persist and the people of Syria, particularly women, youth, children and the elderly will continue to suffer.

5. The presence of foreign forces as well as external support to armed groups is only making the situation worse. There are reports from the ground that UN proscribed terrorist groups such as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Islamic State in Iraq and Levant are attacking civilians, in rural Idlib and Hama, and in the northeast of Syria. This has further exacerbated the humanitarian situation.

6. We have been calling for enhanced and effective humanitarian assistance to all Syrians throughout the country without discrimination, politicization or preconditions. The international community needs to engage purposefully to address the situation and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people. We also need to look into the worsening situation in IDP camps such as Al-Hol, where nearly ten thousand third country nationals, including women and children are suffering in worsening conditions.

7. Access for humanitarian aid and assistance is pivotal, and concrete steps need to be taken to address the hurdles that are obstructing the functioning of both cross-border and crossline operations.

8. On crossline aid delivery, we welcome the first crossline aid delivery convoy to Aleppo from Damascus that coincided with the Under Secretary General’s visit. We once again stress on the need for an effective monitoring mechanism, which involves the Syrian Government authorities, to enable smooth and efficient delivery of humanitarian assistance. Serious efforts are needed to expand crossline assistance, including to areas currently not accessible.

9. Reconstruction efforts and funding concerns related to the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan of the UN also need to be examined as a priority by the international community.

Madam President,

10. India has contributed to humanitarian efforts by extending developmental assistance and human resource development support to Syria through grants and lines of credits for developmental projects, supply of medicine and food, artificial limb fitment camps and capacity building training programs. India remains steadfast in its commitment to support the people of Syria through developmental and humanitarian assistance.

I thank you. Source: Permanent Mission of India to the UN.

UNSC Briefing/Consultations on Syria (Political), India Statement by Mr. Srinivas Gotru, Joint Secretary (UNES), New York, 28 September 2021.

Madam President, I join others in thanking Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen for his comprehensive briefing today. I also thank Ms. Rouba Mhaissen, the civil society briefer for her insights.

2. Last few weeks have seen developments of interest on the Syria political track. Special Envoy Pedersen has visited Damascus earlier this month, first time since February. The important countries having influence on Syria have also held discussions informally. There have been high-level engagements between Syria and the Russian Federation. We heard from Special Envoy details of these engagements today.

3. The constitutional committee was set up nearly two years back and process of drafting the constitution needs to begin. The efforts of last two years have made it clear that the external influence remains the major impeding factor hampering the progress on the political track. We call on all external actors to desist from adversely influencing the parties concerned. We hope these ongoing efforts will re-energize the political track and help in convening of the sixth meeting of the small body of the constitutional committee. All three sides need to engage constructively with the Special Envoy on his ‘bridging proposals’. The process has to remain a Syrian led and Syrian driven process and facilitated by the UN.

4. On the security front, the ceasefire agreement in Da’raa is a welcome development. However, we remain concerned with the over-all situation in Syria, including in the North-East and the North-West. As mentioned in the recent Secretary General’s report, military activity and hostilities have increased in recent months, seriously affecting the civilian population. We believe that a nation-wide comprehensive ceasefire is paramount to the interest of the Syrian people; and will help to ensure that positive developments like the first crossline humanitarian aid operation from Aleppo to Idlib can take firm roots and not remain a ‘one-off’ occurrence.

5. We have been referring to the involvement of external actors in Syria and its impact on the growth of terrorism in both Syria and in the region. The designated terrorist groups such as ISIL and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham have continued to gain in strength in Syria and their activities have been mentioned in Secretary General’s recent reports. ISIL has continued to launch attacks in areas across Dayr al-Zawr, Hasakah and eastern rural Homs. ISIL has also targeted energy infrastructure in some instances. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham continues to have a dominating influence in Idlib. The latest report of UNITAD also referred to the repeated deployments of chemical weapons by ISIL against civilian populations between 2014 and 2016. This is a cause for serious concern and needs to be fully recognized and acted upon, given that the core area of operations of ISIL include Syria as well.

6. The long-term security and stability in West Asia can only be achieved by preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. We remain convinced that there can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and reaffirm our commitment to advancing a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned UN-facilitated political process in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

7. India has extended developmental assistance and human resource development support to Syria through grants, lines of credits for developmental projects, supply of medicine and food, artificial limb fitment camps and capacity building training programs. India has always had the diplomatic engagement with Syria since the beginning of the conflict, including at the high levels. Our External Affairs Minister held bilateral discussions with Foreign Minister of Syria earlier this week on the margins of 76th UNGA. We reiterate our steadfast commitment to continue to render all possible support and assistance to the people of Syria.

I thank you Mr. President. Source: Permanent Mission of India to the UN.

UNSC Meeting on Palestine question, India Statement by Mr. Prakash Gupta Joint Secretary (UN Political), New York, 29 September 2021.

Thank you, Madam President. I also thank Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland for his briefing on the implementation of resolution 2334.

2. I would like to begin by reaffirming India’s unwavering commitment to the peaceful resolution of the Palestine issue. India strongly supports a negotiated two-state solution leading to the establishment of a sovereign, independent and viable State of Palestine living within secure and recognized borders, side by side at peace with Israel, taking into account legitimate security concerns of all concerned parties. India has consistently called for direct peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine based on the internationally agreed framework to achieve the ultimate goal of a two-state solution.

3. Resolution 2334 adopted by the Security Council calls for advancing this two State solution through negotiations as well as for reversing the negative trends on the ground. It also calls for preventing all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, and for both parties to refrain from provocative acts and unilateral measures.

4. Further, Resolution 2334 emphasizes the need for creating conditions for peace negotiations for advancing the two-State solution. In this regard, we appreciate the regional and international efforts, including under the auspices of the Middle East Quartet, towards de-escalation and for resuming these direct negotiations. We have noted the outreach efforts made between the Israeli government and Palestinian Authority as well as the announcements made by Israel to alleviate the socio-economic conditions in the West Bank. The planned NIS 500 million loan to the Palestinian Authority, additional building permits for construction of Palestinian homes in Area-C, increased work permits for Palestinians to travel to Israel for employment are all steps in the right direction. We hope these measures would provide an impetus for further strengthening of economic and administrative relationships between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

5. India has always placed great emphasis on the socio-economic development of the Palestinian people and the strengthening of their national institutions. Our development partnership with Palestine is geared towards these objectives. Access to stabilized and enhanced revenues by the Palestinian Authority is a necessary pre-condition for Palestinian socio-economic development and institution building. In this regard, we support a dialogue between Israel and Palestinian Authority to resolve outstanding issues related to transfer of tax revenues.

Madam President,

6. Regular and predictable entry of construction material will facilitate early reconstruction of Gaza. It is also important that the international donor community supports the reconstruction of Gaza through the Palestinian Authority.

7. The commencement of cash assistance transfer to vulnerable Palestinian families in Gaza through the UN is an important development as it would provide much-needed relief to these families. We also appreciate the work of the UN and its agencies in ensuring delivery of critical aid to Palestinians in Gaza. We call for regular and predictable transfer of aid and other essential items to Gaza to ease the humanitarian situation and facilitate early reconstruction, as well as for appropriate use of such aid.

Madam President,

8. The recent high-level interactions between Israel, Palestine and key regional States provide a window of opportunity for resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine. This Council and the international community, and the Middle East Quartet in particular, should use this opportunity to make renewed efforts to kick-start these negotiations, as they provide the best platform to resolve all final status issues and achieve a two-State solution. India stands ready to support such efforts. Thank you. Source: Permanent Mission of India to the UN.



OIC General Secretariat expresses condolences on demise of Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani, Jeddah, 08 September 2021.

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) extends its sincere condolences to the Kashmiri people following the demise of their eminent leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani. It commends Gilani’s lifelong efforts, commitment and relentless advocacy to ensure justice and freedom for the people of Kashmir. The General Secretariat offers its sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of the deceased, praying to Almighty Allah to bestow His mercy on his soul. Source: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

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