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December 5, 2018

Bengaluru to get Saudi Arabian consulate soon

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Bengaluru, Jan 5: One of the long-standing demands of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and the large Kannadiga diaspora in Saudi Arabia for a consulate in Bengaluru is likely to be fructifying shortly.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to India, Saud Mohammed Al-Sati, who was in the city on Tuesday, is learnt to have told chief minister Kumaraswamy that work on establishing the consulate is in progress, and it is waiting for approval from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The ambassador said that the number of people seeking a visa to Saudi Arabia had doubled, and that it was the reason for opening a consulate. Currently, residents of Karnataka have to travel to Mumbai for the paperwork.

Mr. Kumaraswamy welcomed the move to open a consulate in Bengaluru, and also invited Saudi Arabian businessmen to invest in Bengaluru.

Around 50,000 pilgrims travel from Karnataka annually for Haj and Umrah. This is apart from a large number of people employed in Saudi Arabia.

Also Read: Saudis keen to invest in Indian food sector: Envoy tells Karnataka authorities

Bengaluru to get Saudi Arabian consulate soon

Comments

Manju - Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Happy to see this. Bonding between two countries will flourish than ever

Reshma kodialbail - Wednesday, 5 December 2018

If yeddy came in power for this time, he might do statue making and communal violences more instead of true development of our state

Mohan - Wednesday, 5 December 2018

More herpful move.  must wanted thing

Vinod - Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Wow.. great development

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