Bangladesh, Saudi FMs to talk today
Published: 11:29 AM, 27 September 2020 Updated: 11:30 AM, 27 September 2020
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud to have a telephone conversation over visa, Iqama (work permit) and other issues including flight complications this afternoon.
The telephone conversation is scheduled to start at 5 pm, a foreign ministry official said.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the regular flights between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia were suspended for about 6 months. Many expatriates Bangladeshis, who came home on leave, have expired their visas and Iqamas during the period.
The Saudi government on Wednesday positively responded to workers' issues ending barriers to their return to the workplaces in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The first batch of over 300 passengers left Dhaka on flight SV-802 of Saudi Airlines early yesterday.
The Saudi government recently raised the issue of 54,000 Rohingyas but it could not be confirmed whether the issue will be discussed or not during the telephone conversation.
Bangladesh is already overburdened with over 1.1 million Rohingyas living in Cox's Bazar district.
On Friday, Momen reiterated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will not send back 54,000 Rohingyas living there for decades.
"The Saudi government told us it'll be helpful for them if we provide them with passports as Saudi Arabia doesn't keep stateless people," he said.
The foreign minister said they formed a three-member committee headed by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen to look into the Saudi request.