Saudi Arabia to field labor attachés in seven countries where it hires workers

Saudi Arabia to field labor attachés in seven countries where it hires workers
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The ministry hopes that the attachés will fully organize the recruitment market and clean it of brokers. (File photo)
The ministry hopes that the attachés will fully organize the recruitment market and clean it of brokers. (File photo)

Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers on Monday approved the setting up of labor attache offices at Saudi embassies in Egypt, India, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

The weekly session of the Cabinet, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh, took this decision after reviewing the recommendation of the Permanent Committee at the Council of Economic and Development Affairs.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency following the session, Minister of State, Member of Cabinet and Acting Minister of Culture and Information Essam Bin Saad said that the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, in coordination with the ministries of foreign and civil service, has to fix the number of Saudi and non-Saudi employees at the offices to help labor attaches.

The Cabinet also entrusted these three ministries to define the duties of the offices.

In July, Saudi Gazette had reported that the Ministry of Labor and Social Development was planning to appoint labor attachés in countries from where the Kingdom hires expat workers.

“The ministry thinks that labor attachés can restrict recruitment brokers and regulate the recruitment business.

“The ministry hopes to clean the recruitment market off brokers and offer a fully organized recruitment market,” a source said at that time.

Meanwhile, King Salman briefed the Cabinet on the outcome of his telephone conversation with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and his assertion that the Kingdom would stand by Lebanon and support its unity and integrity.

The Cabinet also emphasized what was mentioned in the final statement issued by the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the level of foreign ministers which was held to discuss the dangerous development of launching of the ballistic missile by Houthi militias toward Makkah.

The OIC meeting noted that Allah Almighty has honored Saudi Arabia to bear full responsibility for the service and care of the Two Holy Mosques, as well as the holy sites and pilgrims since its foundation.

The meeting also underscored that the Kingdom would never be negligent in fulfilling this sacred trust.

It said that who are supporting this transgressing group and providing it with weapons and smuggling ballistic missiles and weapons are considered a firm partner in the attack on the sanctities of the Islamic world, a clear party in sowing sectarian strife and a key supporter of terrorism.

While welcoming the Kingdom’s signing of the Paris climate change agreement at UN headquarters in New York on Friday, the Cabinet said that the move shows the Kingdom’s prime concern for climate change as well as fighting its causes and preventing all types of emissions that contribute to climate change.

The Cabinet also underscored the need to ensure the provision of safe and reliable sources of energy.

Essam said the Cabinet approved two draft agreements: One pertaining to border and the second for combating crimes between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed earlier in Doha.

It also endorsed an agreement for cooperation and news exchange between Saudi Press Agency and Qatar News Agency.

The Council authorized deputy crown prince, second deputy premier and minister of defense, or his deputy to discuss and sign a memorandum of understanding in military cooperation with Sudan’s ministry of defense and then present it to the cabinet for completing legal procedures.

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