India and Kuwait have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that brings Indian domestic workers under a legal framework that streamlines their recruitment and provides them with the protection of the law.
India’s Ambassador Sibi George and Kuwait’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Majdi Ahmed Al-Dhafiri signed the MoU on Thursday in the presence of Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah.
According to a press release issued by the Indian Embassy in Kuwait City, Mr Jaishankar arrived in Kuwait early Thursday on his first bilateral visit to the Gulf country.
The MoU brings Indian domestic workers in Kuwait under a legal framework that streamlines their recruitment and provides them with the protection of the law.
The two Ministers welcomed the signing of the MoU which will introduce an employment contract ensuring the rights and obligations of both employers and domestic workers.
The MoU seeks to establish a mechanism for round-the-clock support to domestic workers. It provides for the establishment of a Joint Committee for periodic review and evaluation and to follow up the implementation of the MoU which will hold annual meetings.
About one million (one million) Indians live in Kuwait. India is one of Kuwait’s largest trading partners and a major supplier of oil to the Gulf country India.
Mr Jaishankar met Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Thursday.
He handed them a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed to Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
The visiting minister thanked the leadership for the prompt supply of liquid medical oxygen and other oxygen related supplies by Kuwait to India to fight the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The two sides also discussed the status of bilateral relations and the development of the region.
Mr. Jaishankar’s visit is taking place at the invitation of his Kuwaiti counterpart and is part of high-level political exchanges in the context of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kuwait.
The visiting minister held talks with his counterpart Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Sabah.
The two sides reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional development and global issues.
They also discussed the challenges posed by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis it has posed to humanity and their need to jointly fight the pandemic and address the myriad issues faced by their citizens such as travel restrictions and vaccinations. reiterated commitment.
The topics covered also included issues related to food security, cyber security, cooperation in the energy sector and the Indian workforce in Kuwait.
Both sides agreed to hold the first meeting of the India-Kuwait Joint Commission later this year and to set dates for early meetings of the Joint Working Groups on Health, Hydrocarbons and Manpower. The two sides also agreed to set up new Joint Working Groups in other areas of cooperation.
The meeting opened the joint celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kuwait.
The year-long festival will continue till 2021-2022. In the evening, Mr. Jaishankar chaired a roundtable of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the Indian Ambassadors to Iran.
The GCC is a political and economic alliance of six countries Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
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