A group of 175 Ugandans was on Wednesday seen off by Uganda’s acting head of mission in the country Nurh Byarufu as they left King Khalid International Airport.
They arrived at Entebbe International Airport Wednesday evening aboard Fly Dubai Airlines, charter flight No. FZ4844.
It is the first group of stranded Ugandans in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be repatriated which has been organized and coordinated by Uganda Embassy in Riyadh, in pursuit of Government policy of returning all Ugandans who were stranded abroad due to travel restrictions following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Embassy lauded the ministries of Foreign Affairs of both Countries and Fly Dubai Airlines Management for the “unwavering support rendered to ensure that this exercise was successful.”
“The Embassy remains committed to ensuring that all the 1,800 registered Ugandans who are stranded in its countries of accreditation are safely returned home at the earliest opportunity,” the embassy said in a statement.
“Uganda Embassy in Riyadh is accredited to six countries namely; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Sultanate of Oman, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait and the Republic of Yemen.”
A Ugandan government official said more other Ugandans stranded abroad would be returned. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa speaking to eastafricanwatch.net said Ugandans whose relatives are stranded abroad would all return.