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Newsline: Forged passports behind overcrowding outside Indonesian consulate in Saudi Arabia

The Indonesian Consulate in Jeddah refused to deal with sponsors or even allow them to enter the consulate to complete the procedures of their workers, including the renewal or issuance of passports. They queued for long hours at the front gate of the diplomatic mission as a result of such measures. According to Public Relations Officer Fouzi Hosni, the embassy justified such procedures and the strict and lengthy process by saying that some Indonesian workers have in their possession more than one passport, while others were using the passports of other persons. In a related issue, a number of Saudi citizens criticized the poor organization inside the consulate, saying that waiting number reach to more than 400 a day. They said this caused the crowding of maids and drivers outside the consulate premises for long hours under the burning sun, some coming from Makkah, Taif, Jeddah and Yanbu.



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