New Delhi- India confirmed its support for the legitimate Yemeni government and for the talks made under the UN umbrella to achieve peace.
Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj said that “falling under the UN umbrella will provide comprehensive and permanent stability in Yemen,” stressing India’s supporting stance for the security, stability and unity in the country in addition to its territorial integrity.
Swaraj made her comments following her meeting with Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulmalik Abduljalil al-Mekhlafi, whose official visit to India included discussions with officials, meetings with Yemenis living there.
During their discussions, held in cordial and friendly atmosphere, the two Ministers covered bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.
The visiting Minister appreciated India’s steadfast support for Yemen during difficult times, including India’s humanitarian assistance.
He highlighted that India continued to welcome Yemeni nationals, especially for higher studies and medical treatment.
Mekhlafi requested increase in slots for Yemeni students as also facilitation of medical visas for the Yemeni patients as India has been their most preferred destination.
For her part, the Indian Foreign Minister assured all possible assistance through supply of much-needed medicines at Yemen’s request.
She conveyed that as a special gesture, ICCR’s scholarship slots for Yemen would be increased from the existing 35 to 55 annually. She also offered 50 ITEC slots for Yemen for 2017-18.
Swaraj thanked the Yemeni government for its cooperation and support in the evacuation of Indian and foreign nationals from Yemen under the well-acknowledged “Operation Raahat,” which was conducted by the Indian government in March-April 2015.