He revealed the information after a meeting with diplomats of five Gulf countries and Malaysia on Wednesday.
“The visas of the stranded workers will have to be renewed. Those who were issued visas in March but couldn’t travel will have their visas cancelled and then reissued. The number of such migrants is around 25,000,” he said.
“The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Bangladesh only has seven employees. Everyone has to be patient as it will take time.”
The meeting came amid days of demonstrations by Saudi-based migrants outside the Saudia Airlines’ office in Dhaka for air tickets and the extension of the validity of visa and iqama, or residency permit.
Ambassadors and representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Iraq and the acting High Commissioner of Malaysia were at the meeting.
The authorities have also decided to operate 20 flights a week to the Middle-Eastern