The Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Riyadh, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has today repatriated 114 Ugandan Nationals and legal residents who have been stranded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Embassy accommodated 70 Ugandan nationals and met their welfare costs until they were repatriated.
The flight operated by Air Cairo no. SM3033 departed King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia this afternoon at 4pm and arrived at Entebbe Airport at 8:30pm
This is the 10th repatriation exercise the Embassy has undertaken that has ensured that over 3100 Ugandans and legal residents in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Kuwait returned home safely.
The Charge D’ Affaires A.I of the Embassy thanked the Ugandans for their patience they have so far exhibited.
He reiterated that this exercise is a sign of Government of Uganda’s commitment to assist Ugandans in distress due to the COVID Pandemic.
He further appreciated the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the IOM for the gesture of solidarity during these trying times and committed to strengthening the relationship for the benefit of many more stranded Ugandans.