Muktesh Pardeshi, the Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) overseeing the Consular Passport and Visa Division and Overseas Indian Affairs, led the Indian team to the Seventh Ministerial Consultations of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD), which took place in Dubai from February 10–11. A formal statement from the Ministry of External Affairs included comprehensive details.
Given the collaborative nature of the discussions, Secretary Pardeshi was accompanied by representatives from the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the Ministry of External Affairs.
Secretary Muktesh Pardeshi held a bilateral discussion with the UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation on the fringes of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue. The talks centred on the different steps that both governments had made to guarantee the well-being of Indian migrant labourers in the United Arab Emirates. This issue is crucial to building good relations between the two countries.
In addition to formal discussions, Secretary Pardeshi made use of the occasion to engage with Indian community organisations in Dubai, recognising their contribution to fostering cross-cultural interactions and fortifying community relationships. A tour of Dubai’s Consular Service Centres was also part of his visit, which highlighted the dedication to providing the Indian diaspora with effective consular services.
Since it began in 2008, 11 Asian nations of labour origin and 7 destination countries—including the United Arab Emirates—have participated in the regional, voluntary, and non-binding Abu Dhabi Dialogue. The MEA statement highlights the critical role this platform plays in promoting regional cooperation on contractual labour mobility, exchanging best practices, and learning from one another’s experiences.
The Ministry of External Affairs’ official statement stressed how closely India’s cooperation with ADD fits with the government’s objective of encouraging lawful, safe, and orderly migration. One of the main principles of India’s foreign policy is its dedication to guaranteeing the welfare of Indian migrant labourers overseas, and the discussions at the Seventh Ministerial Consultations highlight the ongoing efforts in this regard.