Source: New Kerala News
Wire Service: IANS
On September 2, 2005 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "For the small but influential 500-strong Sikh community here, the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh here has provided them fresh hope that their longstanding wish list - the right to own property, three-year residency permit and dual nationality - will turn real soon. The enterprising Sikhs who have been living here for decades requested Natwar Singh to take up these vital issues that directly affect their lives at a function at the only gurdwara in the Iranian capital Friday evening. They also urged him to find a solution to the problem of Sikhs illegally coming here from Turkey. Natwar Singh assured them that he will take up the issues of property ownership and residency permit when he meets his counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki and other top Iranian officials here Saturday."