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Message from the Ambassador to the Indian Community in Saudi Arabia

Posted on: March 22, 2020 | Back | Print



My dear fellow citizens,

            As you are aware, we are all passing through a difficult stage, not just in Saudi Arabia, but back in India and across the globe, due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. Nobody would have expected such a situation, where things are beyond our control. We deeply appreciate various proactive measures taken by the Kingdom to prevent the spread of this pandemic in the country.

2. On behalf of the Government of India, I take this opportunity to thank the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence for ensuring welfare of the residents in the Kingdom at a testing time. We express solidarity with the efforts of Saudi Arabia to overcome the impact of COVID-19.

3. As we all are passing through these difficult times, I wish to reiterate that Embassy of India, Riyadh is at the disposal of the Indian Community day and night. The Embassy is always your ‘Home away from Home’. The Embassy has set up a 24 x 7 Emergency helpline (+ 966 546103992 ) to address the concerns and queries of our Nationals. In addition, our Ministry of External Affairs has set up a Control Room and the coordinates are 1800118797 (toll free), +91-11-23012113, +91-11-23014104 and +91-11-23017905, Fax number - +91-11-23018158 and email : covid19@mea.gov.in.

4. The Embassy officials have established contacts with major Saudi companies where large number of Indian Nationals are working to ascertain their well-being and offer every possible assistance.

5. Our Prime Minister has addressed the Nation and has initiated a series of steps to deal with the pandemic, including the ‘Janata Curfew’ of today. As the pandemic is spreading across the globe, our PM has urged to adopt ‘Sayanm’ and ‘Sankalp’, means ‘restraint’ and ‘resolve’ in the fight against the deadly virus. The need of the hour is to maintain ‘Social Distancing’ and ‘Patience’. All the community members are advised to avoid unwanted travel within the Kingdom and are requested to exercise cleanliness and personal hygiene to break the cycle of community transmission.

6. The Students of X and XII Grades whose exams have been deferred need not worry, as the same would be conducted on a later date by the CBSE, once the situation improves. In the meantime, it is important for students to remain indoors and stay safe.

7. More than COVID-19, the fear and rumours pose a great threat to us. I wish to reiterate that Indian nationals may exercise restraint in sharing unconfirmed information and videos. The Saudi authorities have reiterated that the essential commodities are in abundance to meet the demands of the public.

8. The safety of the Indian Nationals is of utmost importance to us. I urge our Community to show high sense of public responsibility and self-discipline, and extend our full support to the Government of Saudi Arabia in dealing with the situation. You may approach the nearby health facilities, in case of COVID-19 related symptoms immediately. I also request that any information on confirmed positive cases among Indian nationals may be brought to the attention of the Embassy at the earliest.

9. Once again, I reassure you that the Embassy is in close and regular contact with both the Saudi and Indian authorities to ensure complete welfare of the Indian nationals residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Please keep visiting the Embassy’s website (www.eoiriyadh.gov.in) and social media accounts (twitter : @IndianEmbRiyadh; Facebook : India in Saudi Arabia) regularly for various updates and advisories related to COVID-19.

Stay safe and healthy.

(Dr. Ausaf Sayeed)