74% Saudis working in embassies abroad
JEDDAH: The proportion of Saudis working in the Kingdom’s embassies abroad reached 74 percent, against 26 percent of foreign employees who are employed on the basis of nonofficial contractual jobs.
Ambassador Osama Naqli, the media department chairman at the Foreign Ministry, said Saudization in the embassies abroad reached 74 percent, the majority of them in Arab States, while the others are distributed among diplomatic mis- sions around the world, a local newspaper reported.
Naqli said that replacing nonSaudis by Saudi youths in the diplomatic missions abroad has been going on for a while within the plan to Saudize these jobs.
This has been the main objective between 2010 and 2015 as regards diplomatic jobs, especially those affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he said.
“Although the nationalization policy of contractual jobs is continuing, the ratio is still varying because some Saudis decline such jobs because of the high living costs in some countries and the difficult living conditions in remote countries, such as in Africa, South America and Eastern Asia,” he explained.
Some Saudis, he said, prefer to accept jobs inside the Kingdom with better benefits and the chance to stay with their families.
He said there are no non-Saudis on the job ladder, whether diplomatic or administrative, and that all contractual jobs are occupied by Saudis in the office of the Foreign Ministry in Riyadh, as well as in its branches in Makkah, Madinah and the Eastern Province.
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 stipulates that embassies and diplomatic missions in all countries of the world are sovereign missions governed by the regulations of their original countries inside its perimeter, which is an extension of the territory of the state of the mission, and therefore no any party can impose rules of job nationalization inside the foreign embassies.