PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The 80 Malaysians who are stranded in Saudi Arabia following the suspension of flights and travel ban by the government of the kingdom over the Covid-19 outbreak are expected to arrive home early Saturday (April 11).
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, in a statement, said the aircraft carrying them is scheduled to arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 12.30am.
"They will arrive on a special Saudi Arabian Airlines flight sponsored by the Saudi Arabia government, ” he said.
Hishammuddin said also on the flight are four Brunei nationals, an Indonesian and a Singaporean, as well as two Syrians with permanent resident status in Malaysia.
"We are made to understand that the aircraft will also be used by the Saudi Arabia government to bring back their citizens who are stranded in Malaysia, ” he said on Friday (April 10).
Hishammuddin also said that on behalf of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister, leaders of the Malaysian Government and the people of Malaysia, he expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Saudi Arabia government, especially King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud for helping Malaysia in this time of need.
He also thanked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who is also Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, for his concern and ensuring that the stranded Malaysians were well taken care off.
He also thanked Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal Farhan Al-Saud.
This proved the close relations between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, Hishammuddin said, adding that the Foreign Ministry will assure that the long existing ties between the two nations would continue to be strong and lasting. - Bernama
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