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Indian minister visits Saudi Arabia to repatriate stranded workers

The Saudi Oger office in Riyadh

By: Eastern Eye Staff

An Indian minister visited Saudi Arabia on Wednesday (August 3) to try to bring home thousands of laid-off Indian workers stranded without money for food or plane tickets, while Riyadh said it would swiftly resolve the crisis. Indian officials said more than 6,200 of the stranded workers had been employed by troubled construction firm Saudi Oger, a conglomerate owned by the family of former Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri, which had for months been unable to pay workers’ salaries. A sharp drop in oil prices has caused a state spending slowdown in Saudi Arabia, the world’s top crude exporter. Construction…

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