Hajj pilgrims will be able to complete their immigration formalities in Dhaka as Bangladesh and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard.
“Under the Route to Mecca service agreement, Hajis [Pilgrims] would be able to complete their immigration formalities in Dhaka airport prior to their departure for the Kingdom,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said at his ministry’s conference room after signing the MoU with the visiting Deputy Minister of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Dawood.
“After discussion, we have signed the MoUs. The first one is how to further improve the security of the two countries which include various issues, including training arrangements. And the second MoU includes how we can further support our pilgrims,” the home minister said while briefing reporters on the MoUs.
According to him, both the ministers discussed security related issues, visa facilitation, capacity building of law enforcement agencies, resolution of Rohingya issue, mutual cooperation in human trafficking and drug control and facilitation of Hajj and Umrah procedures.
He said that earlier Bangladeshis had to wait in long queues for completing the immigration process to go to Saudi Arabia for performing Hajj.
Asked about Rohingya issue, the home minister said that about three lakh Rohingyas are staying in Saudi Arabia and many of them have Bangladeshi passports.
Kamal said the Saudi government wanted the renewal of their passports. Besides, we sought cooperation of the Saudi government to send the Rohingyas back to Myanmar.