India has called on the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council to facilitate the return of Indian workers and professionals who want to return to the region to resume their work after easing restrictions related to the Coronavirus. The call was made at a hypothetical meeting held by India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar with Gulf officials, headed by the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf, Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the UAE Anwar Gargash, as well as senior representatives from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.

Jaishankar assured Gulf officials of the continued supply of foodstuffs, medicines and basic commodities from India to the countries of cooperation, expressing his country’s thanks to the governments of the region for the health and social care of Indians during the Corona pandemic. He said that a large number of Indian workers and professionals are now anxious to return to the Gulf states to resume their businesses. He urged the Gulf officials to facilitate the return of Indian workers and professionals to the countries of the region through making sustainable health arrangements with India. The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: We agreed in the hypothetical meeting with representatives of the Gulf countries that our partnership in economic, political and other fields will be further strengthened in the future, and that Minister Jaishankar also briefed the representatives of the Gulf countries on the progress that India is making in developing a vaccine against the virus Corona, as well as in developing and manufacturing diagnostic equipment and other equipment related to the virus, indicating that the two sides reaffirmed that they will continue to work together to address the effects of Corona, and that Jaishankar informed them of the improvement of the economic and health situation in India.