Good initiative

Updated 18 January 2013
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Good initiative

Indian Ambassador to the Kingdom Hamid Ali Rao and Sibi George, the newly appointed deputy chief of the mission, and several Indian embassy officials are doing a commendable job by focusing on the grievances of distressed Indian workers. The Indian mission recently held an open house for the members of the Indian community at the Embassy in Riyadh for the Indian community residing in and around Riyadh.
This forum has been there in existence but due to lack of adequate publicity, the NRIs of various categories were not making good use of the facility. The Indian Embassy should consider ways and means to protect its nationals working in the Kingdom by forming fact-finding missions to analyze and understand the problems faced by the immigrant workforce and provide solutions. Ambassador Rao’s initiative is highly appreciated by the Indian community residing in the Kingdom.
Every Indian citizen should utilize this good initiative by encouraging more Indians to attend this open house and bring their genuine grievances to the fore so that the mission is able to find solutions for them. — Mir Gazanfar Ali Zaki, Jeddah


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia