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Bahrain residents bemoan Bangladeshi embassy crowds

As many as 200 people visit the embassy – which is located in a residential area – on a daily basis

Bahrain residents bemoan Bangladeshi embassy crowds

Bahrain citizens have complained about hundreds of people that visit the Bangladesh Embassy in Ghufool every day, it has been reported.

The Gulf Daily News said as many as 200 people visit the embassy – which is located in a residential area – on a daily basis, and that neighbours are complaining it disrupts their lives.

They claim the neighbourhood has become overrun by illegal taxi drivers and trucks dropping people off and picking them up, the newspaper reported.

One Bahraini resident is quoted in the article as saying the crowds are “not pleasant”.

The resident was quoted as saying: “This area is so crowded in the morning hours, especially until 10am, when there are cars and trucks dropping men at the embassy.

“Later during the day these men are seen flocking outside the embassy, which is really not a pleasant scene and not acceptable to families.”

Meanwhile, the newspaper said an expatriate construction supervisor who works nearby complained that the men visiting the embassy often “talk loud and shout at one another,” and “often their attitude is rough”.

Bangladeshi Ambassador K M Mominur Rahman was “aware” of the large numbers of people visiting the embassy, but had received no official complaint from neighbours, the newspaper reported.

He reportedly added: “The pre-visa attestation and people coming into get their passports changed to machine readable passports are close to 200 every day.

“We have set up three counters working simultaneously on pre-visa attestation and a separate one for passports.

“There will be a set of people coming in the afternoon as well to collect these documents and, unfortunately, we cannot help the crowding.

“As part of addressing this issue, we have asked people coming to the embassy to queue up and not to crowd.

“We have also asked that vehicles be parked in a field near the embassy, away from roads that lead to houses in the area.”

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