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Saudi Arabia facilitates movement of Jordanian goods, passengers

Saudi Arabia, October 20, 2019

Amman, Oct 19 (Petra) –– Saudi authorities decided on Thursday evening to facilitate the transit of Jordanian goods and passengers from and to Gulf Arab countries via Saudi territory, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said.

Spokesperson Sufyan Qudah said that the ministries of foreign affairs and transport have over the last days followed up on complaints by truck drivers that they were unable to obtain multiple entry visas from the Saudi Embassy in Jordan.

He said that after holding intensive contacts with Saudi authorities, the Saudi Foreign Ministry Undersecretary informed the Jordanian ambassador in Riyadh Ali Al Kayed that Jordanian truck drivers were exempted from the new regulations it had announced, and to return to the old regulations that grant truck and bus drivers a six-month, multiple entry visa.

The new Saudi instructions covered many nationalities, not just Jordanians.

Qudah thanked the Saudi authorities for the exemption, which, he said, will have a direct and positive impact on a vital sector of the Jordanian economy, adding that the decision reflected the 'special and brotherly' relations between the two countries' peoples and leaderships.