Number of Egyptian overstayers hits 700

Updated 15 November 2012
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Number of Egyptian overstayers hits 700

JEDDAH: The number of Egyptian pilgrims who have overstayed their Umrah visas has grown to about 700 over the past few days. This figure includes children. This number has not been officially confirmed though.
In an attempt to get repatriated, the pilgrims have been sitting in front of the Egyptian Consulate in Jeddah and have now occupied private residential buildings in the vicinity.
Most of them are now experiencing difficulty as water and food supplies are low and they have resorted to sleeping on the street.
In September, 300 Egyptian visa overstayers were granted repatriation. Saudi immigration has since been less lenient.
These men and women had arrived earlier in the year on Umrah visas and had since stayed on illegally to wait for the Haj season.
Most of these pilgrims do not have their original passports, which are believed to be in the possession of travel operators. Repatriation by the Egyptian consulate would possibly let them bypass any penalties.
Egyptian Consul General Adel Al-Elfy and other high-ranking officials are monitoring the situation and insist that the pilgrims should respect the law and follow the immigration procedure of the Kingdom.
Around 80,000 Haj visas were issued to Egyptian pilgrims this year.


King Salman receives call from US president, Trump sending Pompeo to Saudi Arabia

Updated 49 min 14 sec ago
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King Salman receives call from US president, Trump sending Pompeo to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a telephone call from the US President Donald Trump in which various issues were discussed, including the ongoing Saudi-Turkish cooperation in the investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and the keenness of the Kingdom's leadership to clarify all relevant facts.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to leave the United States within the hour for a trip to the Kingdom to meet with King Salman, and will travel to other places as necessary, according to the US president.