Modi appreciates hard work of Indians
Riyadh(Saudi Arabia): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived here on Saturday, 2nd April 2016 on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, voiced his appreciation for the hard work put in by the huge number of Indian blue collar workers for the development of the Gulf kingdom.
It is your sweat and toil that has brought me here, Modi said while addressing workers of L&T at their residential complex here.
Your happiness is my happiness and when you are not happy, I also feel the same, he said.
This was the second community interaction of Modi on Saturday.
Earlier, Modi addressed members of the Indian community in a conference hall during which he spoke of India's economic growth and rise on the world stage.
Modi told the workers' gathering at the residential complex that India has the kind of manpower that the world needed today.
When in the times to come, people will see the work you have done, you will realise the importance of your efforts, he said.
After his arrival at the complex, the prime minister was given a presentation on the work on the Riyadh Metro Project for which the workers have been employed.
L&T is doing around $2 billion worth of work on one line of the $600-billion metro project.
There are nearly three million expatriate Indians in Saudi Arabia, many of whom are blue collar workers involved in the country's infrastructure projects.
They send around $10 billion in remittances every year making an important contribution to the economy of their homeland.
Earlier on Saturday, Modi was received at the King Khalid International Airport by Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Al Saud.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the L&T Workers after his address.
(Photos by MEA& ANI).