Dhaka wants ban on iqama transfer lifted



RIYADH/JEDDAH: MD RASOOLDEEN & IRFAN MOHAMMED | Arab News Staff

Published — Sunday 5 May 2013

Last update 5 May 2013 5:43 am

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Bangladesh has asked the Saudi government to allow its workers to transfer their sponsorship to other employers. There is currently a ban on Bangladeshi workers transferring their iqamas.
During a meeting with Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni handed a letter, from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, appealing to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to allow Bangladeshi workers to transfer their iqamas.
According to an official from the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh, the crown prince said the Kingdom would consider the request.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, chief of the Crown Prince's court, Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Abdullah Al-Busairi, Bangladesh Ambassador Mohammed Shahidul Islam and senior officials from both sides took part in the discussions.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and discussed regional issues. Moni thanked the Saudi leadership for supporting Bangladesh in good and bad times.
Moni, who arrived in Jeddah early yesterday morning, also met her counterpart Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Labor Minister Adel Fakeih. She thanked the Saudi government for the three-month grace period that will allow workers to rectify their employment status in the Kingdom.
The minister hoped that the Saudi delegation that recently visited Dhaka to check its recruitment process, would submit a positive report to the Saudi government, resulting in the hiring of more Bangladeshi workers. She said Bangladesh has transparent recruitment policies and is determined to reduce migration costs.
Islam described the talks as fruitful. “This is an important visit to boost bilateral relations. I am happier still that the talks will ease labor issues that have affected the country for some time,” he added.

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