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.

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