Philippines, Saudis to negotiate over stranded workers

Filipino workers gather near their makeshift tents outside their consulate in the Saudi coastal port city of JeddahThe Philippines said on Saturday it would within days send government missions to Saudi Arabia to help thousands of jobless Filipinos left stranded across the kingdom after the plunge in oil prices. The first batch of officials would fly to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday “to provide immediate humanitarian, legal, and other consular assistance to the overseas Filipino workers stranded in work camps across Saudi Arabia,” a foreign department statement said. “A high level delegation of senior Philippine government officials will also be sent soonest to negotiate immediate and long-term solutions with counterparts in the Saudi government,” the statement said.

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