The Minister of Foreign Affairs after discussing the return of the Indians – Edexlive

Dr S Jaishankar (Photo: PTI)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday, March 25, discussed with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi the issue of Indian students returning to China to resume their studies and hoped that Beijing would adopt a “non-discriminatory approach” towards them.

Jaishankar held lengthy talks with Wang, who arrived in Delhi on Thursday evening for an unannounced visit. “I forcefully addressed the plight of Indian students studying in China who have not been allowed to return, citing COVID restrictions. We hope China will take a non-discriminatory approach as this involves the future of so many young people,” Jaishankar said. at a press conference shortly after the talks, according to a PTI report.

“Minister Wang Yi assured me that he would speak to the relevant authorities upon his return about this. He also recognized the special concerns of medical students in this difficult situation,” he said. A large number of Indian students had returned to India when China closed all universities following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

China had restricted travel by suspending visas and residence permits from March 27, 2020, in view of the pandemic. According to available information, about 20,000 Indian students were enrolled in various courses including clinical medicine courses in different Chinese universities at that time, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan told Rajya Sabha on March 24.

Students are now struggling to return to universities. India has taken up the issue of the return of Indian students with the Chinese authorities both in New Delhi and through its embassy in China.

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Shirlene J. Manley