20 weekly flights to fly workers to  KSA

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published at 11:41pm on September 30, 2020

The Saudi Arabian government has allowed the operation of 20 weekly flights Bangladesh to facilitate the travel of Bangladeshi workers to the Arab kingdom, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said on Wednesday after a meeting with seven foreign diplomats in Dhaka.

Saudia and Biman Bangladesh Airlines will operate 10 flights each per week to KSA for facilitating travel of workers who got stranded in pandemic situation at home, he said after a meeting with senior diplomats from the KSA, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Iraq and Malaysia missions in Dhaka.

The Saudi embassy will reissue at least 25,000 visas, which were actually issued as new visas before March, as the potential passengers could not travel in pandemic situation, he said.

Some old expatriate workers will require contacting their employers or the employment agencies in the KSA for renewing their job, he said, adding that their new contracts should be authenticated by the Saudi foreign ministry.

He also said that the workers, who would be unable to secure renewal of employments, should seek new employments in the KSA.

‘The government cannot force a (private) employer for recruitment against their desire.’

The government may pursue entrepreneurial initiative at home too with accessing funds meant for the expatriates, he added.

Expatriate welfare minister Imran Ahmed and secretary Ahmed Munirus Saleheen also attended the meeting.

Several thousand Saudibound workers have been holding demonstration for about two weeks seeking visa extension and tickets for travelling to join their jobs.