Indian PM Modi signs labour agreement with Saudi Arabia

King Salman agrees to look at cases of Indians who are serving sentences for minor offences, implement review mechanism
Indian PM Modi signs labour agreement with Saudi Arabia
Narendra Modi met with King Salman in Saudi Arabia. (Image: Twitter/NarendraModi)
By Neha Bhatia
Wed 06 Apr 2016 01:53 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signed a labour agreement with Saudi Arabian officials aimed at improving the welfare and rights of blue collar workers in the kingdom.

Modi spent two days in Saudi Arabia on an official visit this week, during which he signed a number of agreements with Saudi Arabia, including an agreement on labour cooperation for recruitment of blue collar workers.

The statement on Modi's official website said: "[The leaders] welcomed the signing of an agreement on labour cooperation for recruitment of General Category Workers.

"Both sides also welcomed the establishment of a Joint Working Group on Consular issues under the umbrella of the India-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission to discuss consular issues on a regular basis."

In a series of tweets from his official Twitter account, Modi revealed that he had a number of productive meetings, discussing ways to increase India-Saudi Arabia cooperation.

"Took up with His Majesty the cases of Indians who are serving sentences for minor offences," he said. "The Saudi Government has agreed to look at the cases sympathetically & constitute a review mechanism with immediate effect."

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