MoFA says ‘repatriation successful’

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Addis Ababa, 3 December 2013 (WIC) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said the repatriation of undocumented Ethiopian migrant workers from Saudi Arabia is going well.
MoFA Spokesperson, Ambassador Dina Mufti told local Journalist here on Tuesday that the number of Ethiopians flown home has reached 87, 523 until this afternoon.
A national taskforce set up to hasten the repatriation has been working day and night to finalize the repatriation within the coming six or seven days, Ambassador Dina said.
He said 12 flights are being conducted daily to bring home the remaining of an estimated 100,000 compatriots.
Responding to question on the diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Dina said “Our relations remain positive. Ethiopia’s main priority is to bring its citizens home.”
“The wellbeing of citizens would not be compromised. Conditions regarding the deportation should be investigated once the repatriation is over,” Ambassador Dina said.
Speaking about on the 3rd meeting of the Joint Sudanese - Ethiopian Higher Committee (JSEHC), Ambassador Dina said the meeting, to be held at a ministerial level tomorrow, would cover various issues, on top of which the power linkage.
The meeting, which is expected to further cement the relations between the two countries, would be preceded by the signing of various agreements, the spokesperson said.

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