The Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to India says the problems of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia have been “resolved”. The plight of Indians, who had gone without food for three days, was “an isolated case”, he said.
The Hindu reported, Ambassador Saud Bin Mohammed Al Sati said that, all laid-off workers affected would be fed, have papers arranged and flown back to India, if required, at the expense of the Saudi government.
“The problem was the result of an individual act by one company (Saudi Oger Construction Company). Steps have been taken about it. But let me repeat, this was an isolated case, not a trend or some phenomenon existing across other companies.”
“Three million Indians live and work in Saudi Arabia, enjoy their life in Saudi Arabia. And there has been no change in the average number of Indians traveling to work in Saudi Arabia. So where is the problem?” he said.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that, “Due to our excellent relationship with Saudi Arabia and efforts made at the highest level, things are in control and this humanitarian issue is being handled with utmost care and consideration.”
“The number of Indian workers facing food crisis in Saudi Arabia is over Ten Thousand. It is not 800 as is being reported,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted even as Gen. Singh left for Riyadh on a mission they dubbed “No Indian left behind”.
“Obviously, if some complain, then the government is bound to listen and wish to help. But that doesn’t change the relationship. There is no other relationship like this, and it is not just government-to-government but people-to-people ties that bind us,” Ambassador Al-Sati added.