400 Egyptians at Saudi Embassy [Archives:2001/09/Local News]

February 26 2001

More than 400 Egyptians demonstrated yesterday in front of the Saudi Embassy at 11:00 as the Embassy refused to endorse their admission visas for carrying out pilgrimage rituals. The Egyptians came to the capital seeking admission to Saudi Arabia from all governorates of the Republic. Their hopes were dashed after they followed procedures for 20 days. However, all was to no avail.
Mrs. Thuraiah Sunisi, 75 and an Egyptian national, protested this treatment towards them with tears running down her cheeks and considered this an insult to Egyptian expatriates living in Yemen.
An Egyptian diplomat, requesting not to be identified, told YTx that the cause may be that the Saudi consul had not shown flexibility when completing Egyptian pilgrim’s procedures.