Riyadh: Sushma Swaraj hails the Saudi government for the increase in quota of Haj pilgrimage for Indians. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on a Saudi visit and she will visit the National Cultural Festival, ‘Janadriyah’, here on Thursday. During the visit, Swaraj will discuss the bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest with the Saudi Arabian leaders.
She has addressed the Indian community here and outlined the growing relations between the two countries over the past few years. The Indian community is Saudi Arabia’s largest expatriate group. Nouf Marwaai, who is the first-ever woman instructor in yoga in Saudi Arabia, was also present.
Marwaai received Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards, for popularising the ancient practice in Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago. Swaraj appealed to the community to visit the India pavilion at the festival to witness the heritage and cultural tradition of India, along with its modern image.
She has thanked the Saudi government and said,”A large number of my Muslim brothers and sisters from India visit Saudi Arabia every year for Haj and Umrah pilgrimage. Once again I thank your majesty for increasing the Haj quota for India in 2017 and also for the special arrangements and care given to the pilgrims,”. She said this at the inaugural ceremony of the Janadriyah Festival representing the ‘Guest of Honour’ country in Riyadh.