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Celebration of 77 Independence Day, 15 August 2023

Embassy of India in Algeria celebrated 77 Independence Day of India with gaiety and fervour. More than 100 members of the Indian diaspora & friends of India participated in the celebration at the Chancery premises.

2. The event commenced with unfurling of the national flag Tiranga by the Ambassador Shri Gaurav Ahluwalia which was followed by rendition of national anthem. Ambassador read the excerpts from Hon’ble Rashtrapatiji's address to the Nation on the eve of the Independence Day.

3. The highlight of the event was a cultural programme comprising the performances on Indian patriotic songs and dances by both Indian and Algerian nationals. Ambassador presented a token of appreciation to all the performers.

4. Indian refreshments were served at the end. Source: Embassy of India, Algiers.


Embassy of India, Bahrain, celebrated the 77th Independence Day, 20 August 2023

The 77th Independence Day of India was marked in a befitting manner with a Flag Hoisting Ceremony at the Embassy on 15 August 2023. Rear Admiral Vineet S McCarty, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF) of Indian Navy accompanied by Indigenous Guided Missile Destroyer, INS Visakhapatnam and Fleet Tanker INS Deepak also visited Kingdom of Bahrain from 14-17 August 2023, marking the occasion.

2. Ambassador Designate Shri. Vinod K. Jacob unfurled the Indian Flag and read out Rashtrapathiji’s message to the Indian Community. More than 1300 members of the Indian Community participated in the event which also included patriotic songs by students. Ambassador Designate also met Indian Navy officials from INS Vishakhapatnam and INS Deepak, a section of Laborers, and the Indian Futsal team visiting Bahrain during the time. The Indian Tricolor was also hoisted onboard the visiting Indian Navy Ships in the presence of Rear Admiral Vineet S McCarty (FOCWF) on 15 August 2023.

3. During the visit, FOCWF called on HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince & Prime Minister of Bahrain at Gudaibiya Palace on 15 August 2023. The meeting was also attended by HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, National Security Advisor of Bahrain, H.E. Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Finance and National Economy of Bahrain and Lieutenant-General Theyab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi, Chief of Staff, Bahrain Defence Force among others. During the meeting, regional and global developments and issues of common interest were discussed. Rear Admiral Vineet S McCarty also called on Lt. Gen. Theyab bin Saqer Al Nuaimi, Chief of Staff of the Bahrain Defence Force and Rear Admiral Mohammed Ibrahim AlBinali, Commander, Royal Bahrain Naval Force on 16 August 2023 and discussed furthering bilateral security, defence cooperation and aspects of regional maritime security.

4. Ambassador Designate H.E. Vinod K Jacob and Commanding Officers of INS Visakhapatnam and INS Deepak in the presence of Rear Admiral Vineet S McCarty (FOCWF) also hosted a reception on board INS Visakhapatnam on 16 August 2023. The reception was attended by H.E. Dr. Mohammed Ali Bahzad, Undersecretary (Consular), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senior Officers from Government of Bahrain, Bahrain Defence Force, Bahrain Coast Guard, Combined Maritime Force, US 5th Fleet, sailors of the Indian Navy, members of diplomatic corps and Defence corps in Bahrain as well as members of Indian and Bahraini community.

5. In his remarks during the reception, Ambassador Designate stated that “I look forward to working closely with the Bahrain side to strengthen the bilateral engagement. Even as both countries mark five decades of diplomatic relations, especially encouraging in this regard, is the steady expansion of the relationship to the domains of defence and maritime security. The record of the past few years clearly indicates that our partnership with the Combined Maritime Forces has enabled active contribution to strengthening regional maritime security. It is a fact that over the past few decades the Indian Navy has been successful in building bridges of friendship across the seas. This visit under the leadership of the Commander of the Western Fleet is timely and reflects India’s role as a partner for peace, prosperity and progress in the region. For me personally, the presence of two Indian Naval ships with the FOCWF embarked is a sure sign of the depth of the bilateral relations even as Indians around the world celebrate their 77th Independence Day.”

6. Focusing on the need to enhance cooperation and ops interaction with regional Navies, INS Visakhapatnam with FOCWF embarked, undertook Maritime Partnership Exercise involving communication drills and maneuvers with Royal Bahrain Naval Force on 17 August 2023. Source: Embassy of India, Manama.


Participation of Indian Air Force in Exercise Bright Star-23 at Cairo Air Base, Egypt, 27 August 2023

An Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent departed today, for participating in ExerciseBRIGHT STAR-23 a biennial multilateral tri-service exercise scheduled to be held at Cairo (West) Air Base, Egypt from 27 August to 16 September 2023.

This is for the first time that IAF is participating in Ex BRIGHT STAR-23 which will also see participation of contingents from the United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Qatar. The Indian Air Force contingent will consist of five MiG-29, two IL-78, two C-130 and two C-17 aircraft. Personnel from the IAF's Garud Special Forces, as well as those from the Numbers 28, 77, 78 and 81 Squadrons will be participating in the exercise. The IAF transport aircraft will also provide airlift to approximately 150 personnel from the Indian Army.

The objective of the exercise is to practice planning and execution of joint operations. Besides leading to the formation of bonding across borders, such interactions also provide a means to further strategic relations between participating nations. IAF contingents to flying exercises abroad are thus no less than Diplomats in Flight Suits.

India and Egypt have had exceptional relationship and deep cooperation wherein the two jointly undertook development of aero-engine and aircraft in 1960s and training of Egyptian pilots was done by Indian counterparts. The relationship between the two civilizational countries was further strengthened with the recent visits by Chief of Air Forces of the two countries and Indian Defence Minister and Prime Minister to Egypt. The two countries have also enhanced their joint training with regular exercises between their Armed Forces. Source: Press Information Bureau.

Indian Army Contingent Leaves for Exercise Bright Star-23 Being Held in Egypt, 29August 2023

Indian Army contingent comprising of 137 personnel departed for “Exercise BRIGHT STAR- 23” scheduled to be conducted from 31 August to 14 September 2023 at Mohammed Naguib Military Base in Egypt. It is a multinational tri-services joint military exercise that will be led by US CENTCOM and Egyptian Army. It was initially conceptualized as a bilateral biennial training exercise between the US and Egypt during the Camp David Accord of 1977. The first edition of the Exercise was conducted in the year 1980 in Egypt. From 1995 onwards the Exercise was expanded for participation by other nations. The previous Exercise BRIGHT STAR was conducted in the year 2021 wherein forces of 21 countries had participated.

This year 34 countries will participate in Exercise BRIGHT STAR- 23. It will be the largest ever joint military exercise in Middle East & North Africa region. This is for the first time that Indian Armed Forces are participating in Exercise BRIGHT STAR with a total strength of 549 personnel. The Indian Army is being represented by a contingent from 23 JAT Battalion.

The Exercise will comprise of a large number of training activities focused on combating emerging unconventional threats and enhancing regional partnerships amongst participating nations aimed at maintaining world peace. In addition to the various field and situational training exercises, Exercise BRIGHT STAR- 23 will also include a combined arms live firing exercise based on a tactical setting. A panel discussion on contemporary topics is also planned to be conducted on Cyber Security for which the Indian Armed Forces are the lead force.

Exercise BRIGHT STAR- 23 will provide a unique opportunity to Indian Army to share best practices and experiences with other armies besides enhancing the defence cooperation. Indian Army looks forward to an enriching professional experience from the Exercise. Source: Press Information Bureau.


Port Call of INS Trikand at Iran, 17 August 2023

1. The Western Fleet of the Indian Navy under the Command of Rear Admiral Vineet McCarty, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet is on an operational deployment to bolster diplomatic ties and undertake maritime partnership exercises with friendly foreign countries in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. During this deployment, INS Trikand has made a port call at Bandar Abbas, Iran on 17th August 2023 towards enhancing interoperability and synergy between the two navies. The ship is commanded by Captain Pramod G Thomas. INS Tarkash, a ship of the Western Fleet and ships of the First Training Squadron of the IN had visited Bandar Abbas in July 2018 and October 2022 respectively.

2. INS Trikand is an advanced stealth frigate of the Indian Navy. The ship is equipped with various modern indigenous weapons and sensors making her a formidable platform.

3. Traditionally, India and Iran have strong bilateral relations. The port call of INS Trikand is aimed to boost the maritime partnership between the two navies and to foster a common understanding of the security challenges in the region. During the visit the personnel from IRI Navy and Indian Navy will undertake professional interactions on various dimensions of maritime operations to enhance cooperation and strengthen ties between the two navies. Source: Embassy of India, Tehran.

Prime Minister speaks with H.E. Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 18 August 2023

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation today with H.E. Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The two leaders discussed matters of bilateral and regional importance.

Prime Minister highlighted that India- Iran relationship is underpinned by close historic and civilizational connections, including strong people to people contacts.

The two leaders reiterated their commitment to further strengthen bilateral cooperation including to realize the full potential of Chabahar Port as a connectivity hub.

The two leaders also discussed cooperation at multilateral forums including expansion of BRICS and looked forward to their meeting on the margins of forthcoming BRICS summit in South Africa. Source: Ministry of External Affairs, India.

Prime Minister’s meeting with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 24 August 2023

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met H.E. Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Johannesburg on 24 August 2023, on the sidelines of the 15th BRICS Summit.

2. The two leaders discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various fields including trade and investment, connectivity, energy and counter-terrorism. Both sides agreed to fast track infrastructure cooperation, including the Chabahar project. The leaders also exchanged views on regional developments, including Afghanistan.

3. Prime Minister congratulated President Raisi on joining the BRICS family.

4. President Raisi congratulated Prime Minister on the success of Chandrayaan mission and thanked Prime Minister for India’s support for Iran’s BRICS membership. Source: Ministry of External Affairs, India.


Independence Day Celebrations in Baghdad, 15 August 2023

The Embassy of India in Baghdad celebrated 77th Independence Day at Embassy premises under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on 15th August 2023 with patriotic fervour and enthusiasm.

2. The event started at 10 AM with the unfurling of the National Flag of India by Shri Prashant Pise, Ambassador, Embassy of India, Baghdad followed by singing of the Indian National Anthem. Thereafter, the address of the President of India to the nation on the eve of the Independence Day was read out by the Ambassador. Ambassador, in his remarks, recalled the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters of India and expressed India's commitment to work towards realizing the dreams of our founding fathers and the objectives set out by Government of India in making the country vibrant and an economic powerhouse.

3. The event was attended by around 200 guests which included Indian diaspora, ITEC/ICCR alumni and friends of India. All guests enthusiastically participated in the event. Embassy organised various events, including yoga demonstrations and recitation of patriotic songs. Yoga enthusiasts displayed spectacular yoga asanas which followed by conferment of certificates to winners/participants in yoga competitions.

4. On this auspicious occasion to mark the AKAM celebrations, an Incredible India campaign to promote India as an attractive tourist destination was showcased by advertising banners related to iconic places and landmarks in India on a double decker city-bus plying on heavily frequenting road routes in Baghdad. As a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Baghdad Mall, which is an iconic location in Baghdad, was illuminated in digitally generated Indian tricolor in the evening.

5. The event was covered by the Iraqi print, electronic and online media. A special full-page supplement in Arabic on India-Iraq friendship was published in the largest circulated daily in Iraq: Al-Sabah newspaper. Source: Embassy of India, Baghdad.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with Prime Minister of Israel, 24 August 2023

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a congratulatory telephone call from the Prime Minister of Israel, H.E. Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, on the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the South Pole of the Moon.

Appreciating this warm and thoughtful gesture, PM thanked him on behalf of the people of India and conveyed that success of Chandrayaan augurs well for the entire humanity, especially for the countries of the Global South.

The two leaders agreed to remain in touch. Source: Press Information Bureau.


Visit of MoS Shri. V. Muraleedharan to State of Kuwait (August 23-24, 2023), 22 August 2023

Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri V. Muraleedharan will pay an official visit to the State of Kuwait from 23-24 August, 2023. This will be his second official visit as Minister of State for External Affairs to Kuwait.

2. During the visit, MoS will hold high level discussions with Kuwaiti Ministers and dignitaries. He will also interact with various Indian community organisation and a wide cross section of members of community including from the fields of business, health, education and other professionals.

3. India and Kuwait share historically warm and close bilateral ties. Our relationship has been nourished by sustained cultural and civilizational linkages. There are around 1 million Indians in Kuwait. India is amongst the largest trading partners of Kuwait and Kuwait is a major supplier of oil for India. The bilateral trade reached an all time high of USD 13.8 billion in the last financial year.

4. ​This visit is expected to further deepen the strong partnership between the two countries. Source: Ministry of External Affairs, India.

Visit of MoS Shri. V. Muraleedharan to State of Kuwait (August 23-24, 2023), 24 August 2023

​Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, paid an official visit to the State of Kuwait from 23-24 August, 2023. This was the first Ministerial visit from the Indian side to Kuwait in the last 2 years.

2.​ During the visit, MoS called on Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of State of Kuwait, H.E. Sheikh Talal Khalid Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and Foreign Minister H.E. Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He also met the Deputy Foreign Minister Sheikh Jarrah Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah. The meetings provided an opportunity to discuss avenues to further strengthen our bilateral relations in different areas. There was a clear interest on both sides for giving more content to the economic partnership. Diversification of bilateral trade and greater bilateral investments was stressed by both delegations. MoS expressed appreciation to the Kuwaiti side for the welfare of Indian community in Kuwait and discussed issues affecting the Indian community.

3.​ MoS had a number of interactions with the large and vibrant Indian community in Kuwait. He attended a gathering of over 300 members of Indian community from diverse fields and applauded the role of the Indian community in contributing to the development of Kuwait and strengthening of the bilateral relations between both countries. MoS also separately met some community and professional groups and attended a business event organized by the Indian Business and Professional Council in Kuwait.

4.​ MoS inaugurated the Shilaphalakam at the premises of the Indian Embassy in Kuwait on 23 August to honour the sacrifices of the freedom fighters of the Indian Independence.

5.​The visit was an opportunity to strengthen our bilateral relations and identify new areas of cooperation to deepen our economic partnership. Source: Ministry of External Affairs, India.


Grand Celebration of 77th Independence Day of India in Oman, 15 August 2023

The 77th Independence Day of India was celebrated in Oman with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervour. The Embassy building was lit up in tricolour on the eve of Independence Day.

2. A flag hoisting ceremony was organized in the Embassy to celebrate Independence Day of India with the Indian community on the morning of 15th August. Ambassador Shri. Amit Narang hoisted the tricolor, which was followed by singing of National Anthem. In addition, a soulful rendition of patriotic songs by Indian School Seeb students added color to the celebrations.

3. Ambassador Shri Amit Narang read out excerpts from President of India's address to the Nation. He encouraged everyone to be a part of India’s growth story and the journey towards self-reliance and propagate India’s message of peace and development.

4. Ambassador spoke about Mission LiFE, an initiative launched by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, noting that by making small yet impactful changes in our daily lives, each one of us can contribute to safeguarding the environment.

5. A special counter showcasing Indian millets commemorating 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’ was arranged at the Embassy premises on this occasion. Millets serve as a solution to various food security challenges and promote holistic health. 

5. The students of Indian School Al Ghubra also joined hands to celebrate in this joyous occasion with a dazzling cultural event held at the Indian School Al Ghubra. The students showcased the best of Indian culture through mesmerizing cultural performances recalling India’s golden past and glorious future.

6. The celebrations in Oman were reflective of the greatness of India's civilization, unwavering commitment of all Indians to the nation's spirit of unity and integrity, and India's transformative journey from its birth as a nation 76 years ago to become a beacon of global growth and development. The celebrations also reflected the uniquely strong partnership between India and Oman and the abiding bonds of friendship between Indian and Omani people. Source: Embassy of India, Muscat.

Mission LiFE, 20 August 2023

The Embassy of India, Muscat, has successfully concluded a week-long awareness campaign as part of the Mission Life (Lifestyle for Environment) initiative, aimed at  encouraging behavioral changes in individuals to combat climate change. The campaign, which ran from August 13 to August 19, 2023, included a series of impactful activities and events that highlighted the importance of transitioning from wasteful consumption to responsible resource utilization.

2. Mission Life, launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister on October 20, 2022, envisions a global movement towards mindful consumption and environmental conservation. The initiative seeks to address the pressing challenges of climate change and global warming by inspiring individuals to adopt Eco-friendly practices in their daily lives.

3. The week long campaign launched by the Embassy on 13 August 2023. The event saw the participation of more than 100 environmental enthusiast and prominent members of Indian Community in Oman. The program commenced with a screening of a message from the Hon’ble Prime Minister, reinforcing the core principles of Mission Life. Ambassador H.E. Shri Amit Narang in his address highlighted the urgency of addressing climate change and emphasizing the role of Mission LiFE in achieving this goal. 

4. On August 14, Ambassador set an inspiring example by planting a 'Tulsi' plant within the Embassy premises, encouraging officials to replicate this initiative in their households for a healthier future. Continuing the momentum, the Embassy marked India's Independence Day on August 15 with a gathering of over 600 guests. The Ambassador in his address highlighted the significance of sustainable living through Mission Life and called upon the audience to embrace its seven themes, while also shedding light on health benefits of Millets, as world celebrates the International Year of Millets.

5. On August 16, Indian School Wadi Kabir (ISWK) orchestrated a remarkable mega event as part of their commitment to promoting Mission Life. During this event, students took center stage by showcasing exhibits dedicated to each theme of Mission LiFE. These exhibits served as powerful platforms to communicate practical solutions for energy conservation, water preservation, sustainable food systems, and more. The event was further enriched by cultural performances curated for raising awareness about the importance of sustainable living. Ambassador addressed the students, emphasizing the significance of adopting small lifestyle changes that collectively contribute to a greener future. On August 17, several Indian Schools in Oman organized awareness campaigns under Mission Life, promoting sustainable living and environmental consciousness.

6. The Embassy further popularized the cause of adopting healthy lifestyles through yoga sessions under Mission Life. The sessions, held within the Embassy premises, enabled participants to connect with their physical and mental well-being. Source: Embassy of India, Muscat.


Representative Office of India Celebrates 77th Independence Day of India, 15 August 2023

To mark the 77th Independence Day of India, Representative Office of India organized a Flag Hoisting ceremony at it premises. At the event, excerpts from the address of Hon'ble President of India Smt. Droupadi Murmu were read by Representative of India Ms. Renu Yadav. The pledge of Panch Pran was also administered by Embassy officials.

A grand reception was also hosted at Millennium Hotel, Ramallah. Prime Minister of State of Palestine H.E. Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh graced the event as chief guest.

Addressing the gathering, Representative of India stated that India's Independence is a glorious and auspicious occasion for every Indian on the face of Earth, and is a celebration of India's freedom, diversity, its spirit of secularism, multiculturalism and ethnicity. On Indo-Palestinian friendly and deep-rooted relations, Representative of India stated "The friendship between our two countries is time tested. Presence of HE Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh here today is the embodiment of this friendship".

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh extended the congratulations of Palestine to India on its 77th Independence Day. Addressing the gathering, PM Shtayyeh underlined that the friendship between India and Palestine is not new and that "India remains in the heart of every Palestinian. For Indians, Palestine means justice, peace, the right to self-determination, and confronting injustice and occupation''. Concerning India's national movement for independence and historic relations between the two friendly nations, PM Dr. Shayer affirmed that Palestine has learned a lot from India, and the Indian-Palestinian friendship is a source of pride for us".

Cabinet Ministers, Palestinian officials, Representatives of diplomatic missions, military commanders, Indian nationals in Palestine, representatives of business sectors, and friends of India in Palestine attended the celebration. Source: Representative Office of India, Ramallah.


Celebration of 77th Independence Day of India, 16 August 2023

The Embassy of India celebrated the 77th  Independence Day with members of the Indian community and friends of India in Riyadh on Tuesday. The event saw enthusiastic participation of more than five hundred people which included Indian Embassy officials, journalists, and members of the Indian community.

The celebration began with the hoisting of the tricolor by H.E. Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Ambassador read out Hon'ble President's message to the Nation and Indians around the world on this occasion. In his own address to the gathering, Ambassador spoke about the strengthening of the India-Saudi Arabia relationship and conveyed best wishes to the Indian Diaspora. He spoke about the Amrit Kaal and resolves to Make India a Developed Nation by 2047.

The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by a cultural program presented by members of the Indian diaspora. A photo exhibition on  Partition Horrors Remembrance Day was also showcased during the celebration. Winners of recently held Online Freedom Quiz conducted by Indian Embassy were felicitated during the event.

This Independence Day marks the culmination of celebrations of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, commemorating 75 years of India’s independence which  officially began on 12 March 2021. In Saudi Arabia, the Embassy has hosted a number of iconic events, with full Jan Bhagidari, including many cultural events, film festivals, a golf tournament, distinguished speaker series, yoga events, multiple exhibitions etc. This commemoration coincided with the 75th anniversary of India and Saudi Arabia's diplomatic relationship.

This year the Government of India is specially observing the “Meri Maati Mera Desh”, My Motherland, My Country campaign, paying respects to our motherland and remembering all those who have sacrificed their lives for safety and security of the nation. The campaign was celebrated by the Embassy in a special event on 12 August 2023 with the participation of the community. The Embassy families and Indian Community have also taken part in Har Ghar Tiranga campaign. Source: Embassy of India, Riyadh.


Indian Navy Participates in Bilateral Naval Maritime Partnership Exercise with UAE Navy, 12 August 2023

Two Indian Naval Ships INS Visakhapatnam and INS Trikand, under the command of Rear Admiral Vineet McCarty, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, arrived at Port Rashid, Dubai on 08 Aug 2023 to participate in a bilateral Naval Maritime Partnership Exercise with the UAE Navy.

After two days of detailed planning, the two navies conducted the bilateral Maritime Partnership Exercise today, aimed to enhance the interoperability and synergy between the two navies by cross training on tactics, techniques and procedures while developing stronger professional bonds.

During his visit, Rear Admiral McCarty met Brigadier Abdullah Farj Al Mehairbi, the Deputy Commander of UAE Naval Forces at Abu Dhabi Naval Command. They agreed on increasing the interaction between the two Navies in order to jointly tackle the common challenges of piracy, smuggling, human trafficking, enhance maritime security and undertake joint Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief operations, should the need arise.

The Admiral also called on H.E. Shri Sunjay Sudhir, the Ambassador of India to the UAE and updated him on the scope and conduct of the exercise and the road map of Navy to Navy cooperation between India and UAE.

The Ambassador highlighted that the presence of these two ships for the naval exercise is an indication of our growing Defence relations with UAE guided by the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between our countries.

INS Visakhapatnam, commanded by Captain Ashok Rao, is one of the largest operational Destroyer in Indian Navy and is a completely indigenous warship made by the Mazagaon Docks Limited. NS Trikand, commanded by Captain Pramod G Thomas, is an advance stealth frigate commissioned in 2013. The ship is a contemporary warship with state of the art technology incorporated in every facet of its design to make her stable, stealthier, fast and formidable. Source: Press Information Bureau.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with President of the UAE, 24 August 2023

​Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation today with the President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The President of the UAE warmly congratulated PM and the people of India on the success of India’s Chandrayaan-3 Mission.

Prime Minister thanked him for this warm gesture and noted that success of Chandrayaan is a success of the entire humanity, particularly of the Global South.

Prime Minister conveyed that he looked forward to welcoming him to India next month for the G20 Summit. Source: Press Information Bureau.

Visit of UAE Navy SME Delegation to Indian Navy Facilities – 27 August to 01 September 2023, 29 August 2023

​A three member UAE Navy Subject Matter Expert Delegation led by Colonel Dr Ali Saif Ali Mehrazi arrived India on 27 Aug 23 for four day visit to specialised Meteorology, Oceanography and Weather Modelling units of Indian Navy (IN) at Kochi, Goa and New Delhi. This visit signifies beginning of a new chapter in professional cooperation between the two Navies, with the goal of exchanging professional knowledge, expertise, training and collaboration in the fields of Meteorology, Oceanography and Weather/ Ocean modelling.

The IN over the years has accrued knowledge, expertise and skills in the domain of Meteorology and Oceanography. IN, through its dedicated units has also been supporting many countries in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with training in the fields as well as daily Weather forecasts services to ensure maritime safety in the region.

The UAE Navy delegation visited Kochi on 28 Aug 23, where they met senior officers of IN for professional interaction at Naval Operations Data Processing and Analysis Centre (NODPAC), which is a dedicated unit for aspects of Oceanography, Ocean State Forecast and Ocean Modelling. They also visited Indian Naval Meteorological Analysis Centre (INMAC) which looks into the aspects of Weather Forecasts and Atmosphere Modelling. The UAE Navy Delegation also visited the School of Naval Oceanology and Meteorology (SNOM), which caters to the Meteorological, Oceanographic and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) training needs of IN.

The delegation would also be visiting Air Squadrons and Met Office at INS Hansa, Goa which is the premier Naval Air Station of IN followed by meeting with Commodore (Naval Oceanology and Meteorology) at IHQ MoD (Navy).

The aim of this collaboration is to foster mutual learning and strengthen collective ability to address complex issues related to Meteorology and Oceanography. Both the navies would share their expertise and insights to work out areas for further cooperation.

The expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment of UAE Navy and IN will undoubtedly enrich operational and scientific capabilities of both the navies and will go a long way in furthering professional exchanges to fulfil mutual interests. Source: Press Information Bureau.


Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 3755, 11 August 2023



ANSWERED ON- 11/08/2023



Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state :-

(a) whether the Government is willing to give compensation to the family of Late Albert Augestine,

who was killed in the conflict in Sudan;

(b) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reason therefor;

(c) the number of Indians reportedly killed in Yemen since 2014 Yemeni Civil War; and

 (d) whether any compensation was provided by the Government to their family and if not, the

reason therefor?




(a & b) After the unfortunate incident, the Government of India under Operation Kaveri safely evacuated the family members of Late Shri Augestine from Sudan to their hometown in Kerala. Despite heavy shelling, collapsing administration and infrastructure, our Embassy in Sudan did all formalities and successfully repatriated the remains of Late Shri Augestine from Sudan to Kerala. Embassy in Sudan is in close contact with the company, where Late Shri Augestine worked for early release of Service benefits to the family members.

(c & d) Seven Indians have reportedly been killed in Yemen since Yemeni Civil War started. Source: Lok Sabha, Parliament of India.

Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 3760, 11 August 2023



ANSWERED ON- 11/08/2023





Will the minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state :-

(a) whether the Government is aware that a number of Indians are imprisoned in gulf countries;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) the details of the action being taken by the Government for their release and deportation to India; and

(d) the number of Indians imprisoned in foreign jails before 2015 and the number of Indian prisoners released from 2015 to 2023 as well as the number of people imprisoned till date?




(a, b & d) As per the information available with the Ministry, the number of Indian prisoners, including undertrials, lodged in jails of Gulf countries is 4630, viz. Bahrain (277), Kuwait (446), Oman (139), Qatar (696), Saudi Arabia (1461) and United Arab Emirates (1611). However, due to strong privacy laws prevailing in many countries, the local authorities do not share information on prisoners unless the person concerned consents to the disclosure of such information. Even countries which share information do not generally provide detailed information about the foreign nationals imprisoned. The number of Indians in foreign jails is a dynamic figure as there are a number of arrests and releases every week. However, all of the arrested Indians are released after serving their sentences.

(c) The Government attaches the highest priority to the safety, security and well-being of Indians in foreign countries, including those in the foreign jails. Indian Missions/Posts abroad remain vigilant and closely monitor the incidents of Indian nationals being put in jail in foreign countries for violation/ alleged violation of local laws. As soon as the information about the detention/arrest of an Indian national is received by an Indian Mission/Post, it immediately gets in touch with the local Foreign Office and other concerned local authorities to get consular access to the detained/arrested Indian national to ascertain the facts of the case, confirm his or her Indian nationality and ensure his or her welfare. Missions/Posts remain vigilant to ensure that rights of the Indian prisoners in foreign jails are protected.

Apart from extending all possible consular assistance to Indians imprisoned abroad, Indian Missions and Posts also assist in providing legal aid wherever needed. Missions and Posts also maintain a local panel of lawyers where Indian community is in sizeable numbers. No fee is charged from any Indian prisoner for extending facilities by the Indian Embassy concerned. The Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) is set up in Indian Missions & Posts abroad for assisting overseas Indian nationals in distress situations on a means tested basis in deserving cases. The support extended under ICWF includes financial assistance to Indian prisoners for legal aid as well as travel documents / air tickets during repatriation.

The issue of release and repatriation of Indian nationals in foreign prisons is regularly pursued by Indian Missions and Posts abroad with the local authorities concerned. Missions/Posts abroad also approach the law enforcement agencies to complete the investigation and judicial proceedings at the earliest possible. The Government also follows up this issue during consular and other consultations with other countries. In addition, the Government, through its Missions/Posts abroad and during high level visits, also takes up and pursues grant of amnesty/commutation of sentences of Indian prisoners in foreign countries. When these imprisoned Indians get released, they are facilitated in getting travel documents for early repatriation. Source: Lok Sabha, Parliament of India.

Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 3888, 11 August 2023



ANSWERED ON- 11/08/2023




Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state :-

(a) whether Russia is the largest supplier of crude-oil in the recent scenario especially after the Ukraine war replacing Gulf import for these items and if so, the details thereof; and

(b) the quantum of the Engineering and Electronics Items, Agricultural Products, pharmaceuticals and Tea & Coffee, the country has exporting against the Crude Oil Import?




(a) India’s principal oil imports for 2022-23 are as follows:

(Value in US$ million)

S. No.


Apr-Mar 2023








Saudi Arabia























Source: DGCI&S Kolkata

(b) India has been exporting electronics goods, agricultural goods, pharmaceuticals products, tea, coffee and other products to Russia, the details are provided below:

(Value in US$ million)



Apr-Mar 2023 (Final)


Pharmaceutical Products



 Electronic Goods



Agricultural Goods








Source: DGCI&S, Kolkata

Source: Lok Sabha, Parliament of India.



Rajya Sabha Unstarred Question No. 1663, 03 August 2023



ANSWERED ON- 03/08/2023



Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state :-

(a) whether Government has the data regarding the number of Indian schools operating in Gulf countries;

(b) if so, the details thereof, country-wise;

(c) whether Government has any plan to encourage the Indian community in Gulf countries to establish more number of Indian schools to cater the demand of migrant families by providing low cost education in Indian syllabus; and

(d) if so, details thereof?




(a & b) The country-wise details are as under:


No. of Indian schools









Saudi Arabia




(c & d) At present there are a large number of Indian schools operating in Gulf countries which cater to the needs of Indian expatriate population based in the region. Opening of new schools by the Indian community depends on requirements for the same and is subject to approval of local authorities in the countries concerned. The Government is always supportive of any such initiative taken by Indian community for providing quality education to NRI children at affordable costs. Source: Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India.

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