The government has decided to limit the number of trips by ministers and MPs abroad. However, Showkutally Soodhun, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Lands, has had a special dispensation to travel to Saudi Arabia to work out the final details surrounding the opening of the Embassy of Mauritius in this country.
Deputy Prime Minister raised the issue on Thursday in the presence of the Attorney General Yerrigadoo Ravi and Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations Soodesh Callichurn at a dinner organised by the Pamplemousses district council at Plaine-des-Papayes. Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth asked him to take his flight on Friday after the presentation of the 2016-17 Budget. The head of government said that he gave him a letter to be given to the king Salman.
Showkutally Soodhun visited Saudi Arabia in the company of an official of the Foreign Ministry in Mauritius. Appointment had been made with the foreign minister of that country. He wants to ensure the presence of officials Mauritian embassy on arrival the next hajj pilgrims.
Showkutally Soodhun thinks that it is not necessary to have a political nominated as ambassador of Mauritius in Jeddah. He wants instead a career ambassador. Once he comples his visit to Jeddah, Showkutally Soodhun will travel to Dubai to finalize the agreement that was signed with Mauritius so that government officials can get there without a visa.
He will also discuss the possibility of extending this facility to all Mauritians. He will meet officials of the UAE to discuss this matter. Showkutally Soodhun will return to Mauritius on Thursday.