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Egypt secures release of 43 citizens in Saudi Arabia

The Egyptian workers were detained for not having the required visas

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Mar 2016
Saudi Arabia
Laborer in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, September 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian consulate in Riyadh announced on Tuesday that it secured the release of 43 Egyptians detained for violating the Saudi labour law, MENA reported.

The consulate announced that 13 of those detained arrived in Cairo last Saturday and that the remaining 30 will arrive on Wednesday 2 February.

Officials at the consulate explained that the Egyptians were detained for not having the required visas.

The workers obtained visas from offices in Cairo, where they were promised work opportunities upon arrival to Saudi Arabia. However, according to embassy officials, their visas were temporary and did not allow them to work.

The Egyptian consulate in Riyadh warned Egyptians in the kingdom against obtaining illegitimate visas.

Arabian Gulf states, such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, are among the Middle East's most targeted destinations for migrant workers.

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