Saudi ministers have assured visiting Bangladesh foreign minister of facilitating the process of iqama (residence permit) transfers for Bangladeshis working in the kingdom, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release said on Saturday.
During a meeting in Jeddah on Saturday, Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, assured his Bangladeshi counterpart, Dipu Moni, to look into the request for iqama transfers for Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi minister also underscored the importance of obtaining permits by all Bangladeshis working there.
Dipu Moni, who is in Jeddah on a two-day bilateral visit, also met with the Saudi Labour Minister Adel bin Muhammad Fakeih and Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz.
The Saudi Labour Minister hinted at an announcement on the iqama transfer issue soon the press release stated: “He (Fakeih) indicated that within a short time, there will be good news for Bangladeshi workers who have been facing problems in transferring their iqamas.”
Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz also assured Dipu Moni of taking necessary measures to facilitate iqama transfer for Bangladeshi workers.
The crown prince highlighted the need for streamlining the manpower sector in Saudi Arabia, including obtaining of legal status by all foreign workers.
Mentioning the recent visit to Dhaka by a Saudi delegation, Dipu Moni hoped that based on their positive report, the Saudi government will decide to recruit more workers from Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh foreign minister also informed her Saudi counterpart that there would be free and fair elections in Bangladesh at the end of her government’s term.
“She apprised the Saudi foreign minister about the recent political developments in Bangladesh, and informed him that there would be free and fair elections in the country towards the end of this year or early next year,” the press release clarified.