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Gulf needs Indian workers: Arab League envoy

Kochi: As the economic recession starts to fade away several Arab countries will continue to attract Indian professionals and skilled workers, said Ahmed Salem Al-Washishi, Head of Mission in India of the 22-nation Arab League here on 13 August. "The Arab nations have tremendous confidence in Indian workers' ability to contribute to the economic recovery," he told to the media. Dr. Al-Washishi, , who was here to speak at a seminar on Indo-Arab relations held to mark the 40th anniversary of the Arabic Department at Maharaja's College, said the recession-hit Arab nations would bounce back soon. He pointed out that unlike in the U.S. and Europe which had been wounded by the recession, many oil-rich Arab nations could minimise the impact because of the revenue reserves they had. There was a collective effort to battle the recession together and special economic sessions had been organised by the League. "An important lesson we learnt from the recession is that we have to enhance our relationships with developing countries, especially India. As a result, there would be more economic networking with such countries," he remarked.  (NM Salih)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2009 on page no. 13

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