Indian expats in Saudi Arabia not affected by fees imposed on dependents, ambassador says

Indian Ambassador Ahmed Javed said that Jubail and Jeddah have the largest proportion of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia.
Updated 12 November 2017

Indian expats in Saudi Arabia not affected by fees imposed on dependents, ambassador says

JUBAIL: Indian Ambassador Ahmed Javed said that the Indian community in Saudi Arabia has not been affected by the family fees imposed on dependents of expatriates.

Javed told the Sabq news website that a large proportion of Indian expatriates came to the Kingdom without their families; therefore, the effect of the newly imposed family fees on them was minimal.

He also said Jubail and Jeddah have the largest proportion of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia, whose total number comes to about 3.2 million, and who work in different areas across the Kingdom.

Javed said the Indian Embassy always responds to the needs of Indian expatriates, and it recently opened a visa and passport office in Jubail in order to serve Indian expatriates in the area.

This came on the sidelines of the celebration which was held on Friday in Jubail to mark the arrival of the Indian Coast Guard ship Samarth to Jubail Commercial Port on a three-day visit which aims to enhance cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard and Saudi maritime authorities and hold joint exercises.

In this context, Javed said that he was “pleased with the cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia in the military and maritime fields. The target of the visit is the exchange of expertise between the two countries and conducting joint exercises.”
This is the first visit of the Samarth to the Kingdom, and a number of reporters attended the press conference held on board the ship.

The Samarth is participating in joint programs with the Saudi marine and equipment services during the three-day visit, including responding to marine pollution, search and rescue, and law enforcement.

The ship is accompanied by 25 officers and 115 employees, and it is currently based in Goa on the west coast of India.


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.