Nearly 800 Malaysians stranded in Middle East arrive home

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KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 774 Malaysians stranded in several Middle Eastern countries due to lockdowns imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic arrived home on Friday, thanks to a repatriation process conducted by the Foreign Ministry.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said Malaysians stranded in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco arrived safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) yesterday.

“Ninety-one people stranded in Saudi Arabia arrived at KLIA at about 1.05pm on a Malindo Air flight. They had previously boarded a Saudia Airlines humanitarian flight sent by the Singapore government to bring back its citizens from Saudi Arabia.

“Meanwhile, 312 Malaysians stranded in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco arrived here at around 1.40pm aboard a specially-chartered AirAsia X aircraft,” he added.

The ministry also welcomed 371 Malaysians who arrived here from Egypt at 5.25am. They had returned at their own expense by boarding a Zara Zakiah Sdn Bhd aircraft.

According to Kamarudin, 17 Indonesians, six Singaporeans, nine Japanese and two Koreans were also allowed to board the repatriation flights in the spirit of ‘Asean solidarity’, and all are scheduled to take connecting flights to return to their respective countries.

He added that the Malaysian government thanks all countries which assisted in making the repatriation missions successful.

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