On 6 October 2022, Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar raised the issue of Indian student visa during a meeting with New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaiah Mahuta. Many Indian students have been affected due to New Zealand’s stringent COVID-19 restrictions.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar took up the issue of Indian students affected by the COVID restrictions in a tweet. He also urged for early visa processing for those now wishing to study in New Zealand.
India ranks second in terms of the number of foreign nationals enrolling in higher education in New Zealand in several disciplines including IT, hospitality, science, engineering and architecture.
Jaishankar, who is on his maiden visit to New Zealand, met the Foreign Minister of NZ and also held important discussions on a range of issues including international concerns such as the Indo-Pacific and the Ukraine conflict.
Sharing the details of the meeting, EAM tweeted, “Had an important discussion with the Foreign Minister of New Zealand @NanaiaMahuta this afternoon. Two societies that respect tradition and culture are seeking a more contemporary relationship.”
Jaishankar further tweeted “If we must work with our strengths: Business, Technology, Digital, Education, Talent. We can cooperate on solving global issues including climate action, pandemics and maritime security.”
At the same time, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar also met Priyanka Radhakrishnan, the first Indian-origin minister in the New Zealand cabinet. Radhakrishnan is the Minister of Community and Voluntary Sector, Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Community and Youth.
The External Affairs Minister also tweeted about the discussion, “Nice to meet Minister @priyancanzlp in Auckland today. Thanks to him for the interactive session with prominent New Zealand personalities. Committed to taking our relationship forward.”
According to a release from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Jaishankar will join New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to ‘honour the members of the Indian community in New Zealand for their extraordinary achievements and contributions’.
During this upcoming event, the two leaders will release India@75 postage stamps to commemorate the elixir of freedom in New Zealand. Jaishankar will also launch the book ‘Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery’ and ‘Heartfelt – The Legacy of Faith’.
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