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Denied permission to visit Kuwait for fire relief efforts, alleges Kerala Health Minister Veena George

The purpose of the visit was to coordinate relief efforts for Keralites affected by a tragic fire in the Gulf nation

Denied permission to visit Kuwait for fire relief efforts, alleges Kerala Health Minister Veena George

Kuwaiti police officers are seen in front of a burnt building following a deadly fire in Mangaf in Kuwait. Reuters



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Kochi, June 14

Kerala Health Minister Veena George has claimed she was denied permission by the Union Government to travel to Kuwait. The purpose of the visit was to coordinate relief efforts for Keralites affected by a tragic fire in the Gulf nation, she said.

"What we just sought from the central government was the permission to travel to Kuwait to stand with our people affected by the tragedy and coordinate activities there. That permission was denied," George told reporters on Thursday night.

The fire has claimed the lives of 49 people, with 40 of them being Indians. Out of these, 23 are from Kerala.

The state government had decided to send George to Kuwait to help with the relief efforts, including treatment for the injured and the repatriation of the deceased.

George reportedly waited for hours at the airport, hoping for permission from the Ministry of External Affairs. 

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