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Govt working to resolve problem, FM to Saudi returnees

Diplomatic Correspondent |
Update: 2020-09-23 15:44:09
Govt working to resolve problem, FM to Saudi returnees Dr AK Abdul Momen

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday urged the Bangladeshi migrant workers, who are intended to return to Saudi Arabia, to have patience instead of breaching discipline.

He said: "We are all working sincerely to resolve the problem." 

The minister made the urge while talking to reporters at his office after an inter-ministerial meeting.

The Foreign Minister also said the Saudi government does not promote any anti-discipline activities and such demonstrations might bring negative impact for the workers.

"Our Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina) never wants expatriates suffer," he added.

Abdul Momen said the government yesterday (Tuesday) requested the Saudi government to extend tenure of valid visa holders and aqama for another three months.

Dr Momen said a positive outcome is expected from the Saudi side.

The workers continued their demonstration for second consecutive day demanding tickets to join their workplaces in Saudi Arabia within the given time.

The demonstrators took position at the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment on Wednesday morning to press home their demand for Saudi air tickets.

Several hundred migrant workers gathered in front of the ministry office around 10:00 am to secure tickets.

The Saudi authority issued warnings that migrant workers, who were stranded in their home country due to the coronavirus pandemic, must get back to work within September 30. The warning triggered a panic among migrants.

After long procrastination, Saudi Arabia on Monday gave permission to Biman Bangladesh Airlines for conducting flights to the country. However, it did not give landing permission yet. As a result, Biman could not announce flight schedule for Saudi Arabia which prompted the ticket crisis. 

BDST: 1540 HRS, SEP 23, 2020

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