July elections delay Indonesians’ recruitment

Updated 20 April 2014

July elections delay Indonesians’ recruitment

An Indonesian source said recruiting domestic labor in his country could be delayed until after the July 9 presidential elections. The source didn’t define a specific date for recruitment, but he confirmed that recruitment will not be done until after the elections, and the forming of the new government.
These statements coincided with Minister of Labor Adel Fakeih’s confirmations that recruitment from Indonesia will be resumed a month from now. Saudi Arabia and Indonesia signed an agreement last February to recruit domestic laborers.
The agreement aimed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the field of domestic employment, and protect the rights of domestic employees and employers, in addition to unifying the working contract for domestic recruitment.
Saudi Arabia stipulated that all domestic laborers should receive training in specialized centers, and the agreement further stated that a joint technical committee from high ranking officials from both countries should be formed to solve any emerging problems between employers and employees.
The Indonesians are still holding on to their former conditions, such as knowledge of the domestic laborers’ place of residence to guarantee follow ups on them.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.