"All matters relating to Indian nationals in Gulf countries will now be looked after by my  colleague @Gen_VKSingh," Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

Following this, when an Indian national from Saudi Arabia tweeted that he was stuck after working for 24 months in a human resource company in Riyadh, Sushma Swaraj advised him to give the name and address of his recruitment agent (RA) to VK Singh.

"RA must secure your return or face arrest", the external affairs minister tweeted. There are nearly five million expatriate Indians in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

A majority of them work as blue collar workers and there are frequent complaints of labor-related issues.

Sushma Swaraj's statement comes after the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (MOIA) that used to look after issues of Indians overseas was merged with the ministry of external affairs earlier this month.

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