EAM S Jaishankar says delay in issuing foreign visas raised with Western countries including US, UK

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar acknowledged the delay in issuing visas to foreigners and said the issue had been raised with Western countries including the US, UK and Germany.

Speaking on a media program, Jaishankar said: “It’s absolutely true and I know that there is a lot of anxiety in the public, especially for relatives whose family members are abroad or for for students who want to immigrate. go to different countries in an emergency. And visa problems are increasing in western countries.”

“At the ministerial level, I have raised this issue with the US, UK and Germany, whose foreign ministers have recently visited India,” he added.

He added that every week foreign countries make sure they are trying to improve it.

Currently, the wait time for US visa appointments in India is close to 1000 days, the White House on December 8 said the Biden administration is aware of the lengthy delay and is working to accommodate it. “significant need for these visa services”.

Earlier, US Chargé d’affaires Ambassador Elizabeth Jones has announced that Joe Biden-led nation is making ‘huge effort’ to reduce long wait times for visas for India, news agency PTI report.

Speaking about the G20 Presidency, the Minister said that India holding the G20 Presidency is something to be proud of because the definition of this group is extraordinary. He added that India is accepting the presidency at a time when the whole world is suffering from challenges from Covid, food security and other challenges.

“This is our chance to make the world ready for India, make India ready for the world,” Jaishankar said at the conclave.

Meanwhile, during the videoconference, the Prime Minister stated that India’s G20 Presidency belongs to the whole nation and is a unique opportunity to showcase the country’s strengths.

Prime Minister Modi stressed the importance of teamwork and sought the cooperation of the States/UTs in organizing various G20 events. He pointed out that the G20 Presidency will help showcase India’s regions beyond the usual big cities, thus highlighting the uniqueness of each region of our country.

India officially assumed the G20 presidency on December 1.

The G20 or Group of 20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies. It includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, UK, USA and Europe. Union.

India will host more than 200 meetings in more than 50 cities across 32 different work streams and will have the opportunity to give G20 delegates and guests a glimpse into India’s rich cultural heritage and give them a unique Indian experience.

(With input from ANI)

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