Saudi embassy issued 40K visas for yemeni workers

Thu, 08.02.2018 16:54

As many as 40,000 work visas have been issued to Yemeni citizens over the past six months to work in the kingdom, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed al-Jaber, told Al Arabiya English in an interview on Thursday.

Al-Jaber said that the Saudi embassy in Yemen is the only embassy that has granted this many work visas so far. He added that there are nine key ports in Yemen, three of which are controlled by the Houthis and the rest controlled by legitimate army forces.

The Houthis destroyed many of the ports, however, al-Jaber said that the Arab Coalition decided to rebuild them, mainly by providing cranes. They signed an agreement with Yemen’s government to secure cranes for the ports of Aden, Mocha and Mukalla which will increase their capacity by 90 percent.

The ambassador said that the cranes will help the ports receive larger amounts of commercial goods and humanitarian aid, as opposed to their current condition which lacks several services and resources.

The installation of the cranes will take 3-4 weeks, depending on the Yemeni government speeding up the paperwork and documents required. Al-Jaber said that Saudi Arabia is ready to cover the costs, which will be between $2-3 million, and oversee the execution.

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Source: Al Arabiya

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