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India eyes resumption of normal GCC flight operations

NEW DELHI, July 23, 2021

Indian government has expressed hope that more countries would take steps to normalise the overseas movement of people from India.
 
Many countries, including some GCC states, imposed restrictions on the entry of Indians and suspended flights to and from India following a second wave of Coronavirus spread in India few months ago, reported Wam.
 
"With the improvement in the Covid-19 situation in India, we have been taking up with foreign countries the issue of easing travel restrictions for Indians," Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said at a media briefing yesterday (July 22).
 
"We believe that this an important element towards economic recovery. There have been some positive steps in this direction," noted Bagchi. 
 
A fortnight back, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, held a meeting with Indian ambassadors in the Gulf to discuss initiatives to resume passenger flights to India from their countries of accreditation, he added.
 
Both India’s Minister for External Affairs, Dr. S Jaishankar and the Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, have been taking up with foreign governments steps to help Indians who need to travel back to various countries across the world. 



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