On the difficulty of foreign Tablighi Jamaat members caught in India for violating visa guidelines and pandemic restrictions, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned the ministry has been actively facilitating their consular entry, deletion of LOCs and clean repatriation to their respective international locations.
“We have kept the respective foreign embassies informed through the entire process,” he mentioned.
“As of August 24, 1,095 look out circulars (LOCs) were deleted and 630 foreign members of the Tablighi Jamaat have left India,” he mentioned at a web based media briefing.
These members of the Tablighi Jamaat had been charged underneath the Foreigners Act for indulging in actions that had been incompatible with their visa standing, he mentioned.
Therefore, for such actions, applicable class of visa must be sought, Srivastava mentioned.
To a separate query on whether or not External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will take part within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) foreign ministers’ assembly subsequent month, Srivastava mentioned the minister has acquired an invite for the assembly to be held in Moscow and a call on his participation could be made identified as soon as it’s taken.
On whether or not the Kerala authorities had sought MEA’s approval for signing an MoU with the UAE Red Crescent Authority – an NGO — for a venture, Srivastava mentioned no such approval had been taken.