1. Gulf crisis: Kerala CM writes to PM Narendra Modi, expresses concern over Indians in Qatar

Gulf crisis: Kerala CM writes to PM Narendra Modi, expresses concern over Indians in Qatar

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today sought the Centre's intervention to ensure safety of 6.5 lakh Indians, including Keralites, residing in Qatar following recent developments in the Middle East.

By: | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: June 5, 2017 10:07 PM
Vijayan also wanted the Indian Embassy in Doha to be “suitably empowered” to respond presciently to the concerns of the Indian community in the country. (PTI)

Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinanarayi Vijayan on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Ministry of External Affairs and spoke about the situation of Keralites stuck in Qatar, ANI reported. According to the report, the Kerala CM said that there were nearly 3 lakh people in Qatar and expressed concern about their safety to the PM and the EAM. He also said, “Would like to place on record support of Kerala to considered stance that Centre would take on the issue, given the complexities involved”. Earlier, a migration official spoke to IANS and said that Indians and Keralites, in particular, had no reason to panic over the Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, Libya and Yemen’s decision to cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Earlier in the day, the 6 said countries had cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar due to its alleged sponsoring of terrorism. AFP quoted Saudi news agency SPA saying that the country had cut ties and closed its border to “protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”. The SPA also reported quoting a Saudi official saying that the country had decided to “sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar, and to close all land, sea and aviation ports”.

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The foreign ministry of Qatar meanwhile released a statement regretting the decision by the said countries to cut off diplomatic ties. “The measures are unjustified and are based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact,” Al-Jazeera quoted the Qatar Foreign Ministry. Riyadh meanwhile has accused Qatar of backing terrorism and extremism, while Bahrain has blamed Qatar for interfering with its internal affairs.

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    kushal kumar
    Jun 6, 2017 at 11:31 am
    'Readers may recall this Vedic astrology writer’s one of the predictions concerning global affairs during year 2017 made in 2016 to say that ociations or unions or societies of such like en ies or conglomeration may p through serious fissures and may even break away in vulnerable locations round the globe. A time has come when ociations or unions or societies or such like collection of en ies could either break-away or show serious fissures of breaking away round the globe. A kind of turmoil could take shape in ongoing times , particularly between 24 June to September 2017, more so between 19 August to 4 September 2017. While these are indications of likely scenario which may shape up , these may not be construed to be having a deterministic or certainty character as human more care and appropriate strategy has weight.
    1. Rakesh Bhandari
      Jun 5, 2017 at 10:10 pm
      This is highest degree of Hypocrisy by the chief Minister of a state who can protect and stop murder of Hindus in his own state. His party is involved in these murders and he has asking for help from the Central government in a situation which is stable. No shame. I hope people of Kerala will wake up and throw these thugs away.

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