S. Jaishankar talks about problems faced by Indian students in New Zealand under their leadership

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar told the New Zealand ministers that he hopes to see some progress on this issue.

PTIUpdated: Sunday, October 09, 2022, 06:21 PM IST
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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | File Photo

Wellington: On Sunday, the External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, said that he has requested New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta to deeply look into the difficulties faced by Indian students, who were affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jaishankar, who is here on his first visit to New Zealand as the External Affairs Minister, said this while interacting with the Indian community during the inauguration of the new Indian High Commission Chancery in Wellington.

In respect of Indian students here, he said that they have had tough times during COVID.

"None of us had an easy time during COVID. But students perhaps took a bigger hit than most of us. So, I urged the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister to take a sympathetic view and understanding of students who enter and I was glad to be assured that they would approach the issue sympathetically," Jaishankar said.

Jaishankar said he hopes to see some progress on this issue.

India is the second largest source of international students in New Zealand pursuing higher education in various disciplines such as information technology, hospitality, science, engineering and architecture.

On Thursday, Jaishankar also raised the visa issue when he met his New Zealand counterpart Mahuta to hasten up the visa process for Indian students waiting to come to this country for their studies and also sought a "fairer and more sympathetic treatment" towards those who have been impacted by the pandemic.

He also touched upon the topic of direct air connectivity between India and New Zealand and said that it will be taken care of.

"Believe me, one trip to New Zealand, and I understand why you need this," he said.

New Zealand has approximately 2,50,000 persons of Indian origin and NRIs, a vast majority of which have made the country their permanent home.

Jaishankar also visited the Te Papa museum exhibition on Sunday in Wellington commemorating the Gallipoli campaign.

"The casualties and visuals tell their own story. PTI10_09_2022_000066BWe recognise our shared history even as we strive to build a better world," he tweeted.

After New Zealand, the External Affairs Minister will go to Canberra and Sydney which will be his second visit to Australia this year.

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