- Kuwait Times Extra
KUWAIT: The Ambassador of India to Kuwait Satish C Mehta has decided to hold an open house every Wednesday for members of the Indian community to discuss unresolved issues. The ambassador can be met at the Indian Embassy without taking an appointment. In his speech during the occasion of his country’s 66th anniversary of Independence, ambassador Mehta said that he would like to meet Indian workers who have been very dedicated and honest members of Kuwait’s workforce. “In addition to the daily consular ‘open house’ held at the embassy, during which a senior consular official could be met without appointment , I have started an ‘open house’ every Wednesday where any Indian citizen can meet me without appointment to discuss any unresolved matter,” he said.
Mehta said, the 650,000 strong Indian community in Kuwait continues to contribute significantly to improve bilateral relations between two countries. “I am proud to say that our community has earned well deserved reputation for being sincere, talented, disciplined, hard working and law abiding,” he said. “Our community members are present in every segment of the society and contribute immensely to the development and prosperity of Kuwait,” he added.
The ambassador mentioned that it has been their constant endeavor to improve the quality of the welfare services provided to the Indian workers.
“Responding to increased demand arising from enhanced bilateral interaction, the embassy outsourced its passport and visa services in May 2009. These service centers are located conveniently at Sharq and Fahaheel and functioning satisfactorily,” he said. The Ambassador extended his warm felicitations to his fellow countrymen and the good gesture displayed by the State of Kuwait to their people. Immediately after the flag hoisting ceremony, the traditional ‘meet and greet’ was also held.
The ambassador extended his hand and talked to his people gathered around the embassy to witness the simple but colorful event. The traditional parade and colorful celebrations, including the sumptuous food usually enjoyed by attendees on the auspicious occasion, were not offered in respect of the sanctity of Ramadan. In addition to reading messages, recitation and singing of some patriotic songs were enjoyed by spectators who thronged the embassy at seven in the morning.
By Ben Garcia, Staff Writer
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