V K Singh said 2018 was a landmark year for Sino-India ties as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an informal summit in Wuhan with Chinese President Xi Jinping without an agenda that helped in understanding each other's perspective.
The government is trying to ensure that Indian citizens do not face any difficulty in obtaining their passports whether, in India or abroad, he said as he launched the 'Passport Seva' programme at India's Consulate here on Wednesday.
Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said that earlier, about 97 Passport Seva Kendras were in the country, but in order to made this service available to common people, the Ministry has decided to open this service in post offices.
"India is a huge market which is going to grow and somebody has to make use of it. Our production levels are never going to meet the aspirations of the market," Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said.
Of the 39 who died, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, two from West Bengal and six from Bihar. One body is not being brought back for now as DNA testing had only provided a 70 per cent match; the others have had more than 95 per cent match.
In a statement, the Iraqi embassy in New Delhi said Iraq and India continue their close cooperation in order to find the location of the missing Indians who were kidnapped by ISIS terrorist group in June 2014.