VK Singh visits Saudi to repatriate stranded Indian workers

August 3, 2016 12:03 PM

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JEDDAH India's junior foreign minister Vijay Kumar Singh visited Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to try to bring home thousands of laid-off Indian workers stranded without money for food or plane tickets, while Riyadh said it would swiftly resolve the crisis.

Indian officials said more than 6,200 of the stranded workers had been employed by troubled construction firm Saudi Oger, a conglomerate owned by the family of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, which had for months been unable to pay workers' salaries.

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