New Delhi: Gulf countries have assured India that they will have zero tolerance to any attempts to create discord after a sudden spike was seen in a number of fake twitter handles of Arabic royalties emerged tweeting anti-India material. It was conveyed to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his telephonic conversations with foreign ministers of 5 west Asian countries to greet them on the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan. Also Read - Delhi Government Removes 70% 'Special Corona Fee' From Alcohol, New Prices to Come into Effect From June 10
Jaishankar spoke to FM of Saudi Arabia and Oman on April 23 and a day after he interacted with FMs of Qatar, UAE and Palestine. He had earlier spoken to FMs of Bahrain, Kuwait and Algeria. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: Kanpur IG Mohit Agarwal Pays Fine For Not Wearing Mask in Public
“Gulf countries are very sensitive to attempts to create social disharmony and have zero tolerance in this regard and “negative social media posts from fake handles have come in for adverse attention of these governments”, sources told WION. Also Read - Unlock 1: Shopping Malls, Restaurants And Temples All Set to Reopen From Monday | List of Dos And Don'ts Here
Earlier this week it emerged that a twitter handle @ pak_fauj had changed its name to Omani Royality and tweeted anti-India propaganda which was quoted by many in Pakistan. The Omani Princess issued a statement later clarifying someone is impersonating her.
During the EAM’s conversation with FMs of the gulf region both sides realised that such attempts are also “intended to create discord in the special relations that exist between India and countries of the region”.
The foreign minister of the gulf cooperation council countries also appreciated the “rich contributions made by Indians living and working in their respective countries to its growth and prosperity” with EAM thanking them for going the “extra mile in taking care of the welfare of Indians in these trying times”
Jointly dealing with COVID-19 crisis dominated the talks with appreciation being expressed for India for sending medicines. Many Gulf countries have requested for essential medicines like Hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol with New Delhi sending aid and supplies to the region on a commercial basis. India is sending Hydroxychloroquine to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Egypt and Palestine.
As part of outreach to extended neighbourhood, India sent its rapid response teams to Kuwait to help the country deal with the covid crisis.
The discussion also focused on the oil prices and its implications given the fact that India is a key market for crude from the gulf. New Delhi has also told them that it will give “sympathetic consideration” to the request of some gulf countries to allow their medical personnel stranded in India to go back.
(With inputs from Sidhant Sibal, WION)