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Kingdom has been "applauded" for its workers' rights, claims Saudi minister

Labour Ministry has refuted any concerns about the safety of the expat workers, insisting that the country is well regarded in international circles

Kingdom has been "applauded" for its workers' rights, claims Saudi minister

Saudi Arabia’s Labour Ministry has refuted any concerns about the safety of the expat workers in the kingdom, insisting that the country is well regarded in international circles when it comes to workers’ rights.

In a statement to Arab News, Labour Minister Adel Fakeih said he was unaware of the US-based accusations regarding the safety of the foreign workforce in the kingdom. He said Saudi Arabia has been lauded for its treatment of expat workers.

“On the contrary, the International Labour Organisation has applauded the kingdom for providing a suitable work environment for its workers and we are currently enjoying international recognition for safeguarding our guest workers’ rights,” he said.

Fakeih said Saudi Arabia has introduced new measures in the labour market in recent years to safeguard workers’ rights, which he said have received a warm welcome from many international bodies.

The number of Saudi nationals working in private sectors, which has increased 100-fold to 750,000 in the last four years, was an indicator of the current state of the sector, he said.

“This is a good indicator but one should not become complacent as we face many challenges and all stakeholders in the private sector must join hands to resolve them,” Fakeih said.