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120,000 Afghans in UAE to be documented in 6 months

120,000 Afghans in UAE to be documented in 6 months

Nov 05, 2017 - 09:54

KABUL (Pajhwok): The registration of 120,000 Afghan expatriates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would get under way in early December, a news report said on Sunday.

The Afghan embassy in the UAE would document the expats and issue them with new identity the Gulf News quoted a diplomat as saying.

A private US company, BLS International, has been hired for the registration. The firm will open six centres in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

Afghan Ambassador Abdul Farid Zikria told the newspaper the registration centre at the embassy in Abu Dhabi would start functioning this month.

Another centre will open in Dubai and the remaining four centres in Bur Dubai, Sharjah, Musaffah and Al Ain by mid-November.

For access to consular services at the embassy and the consulate, the expats would have to possess the new ID cards.

Zikria said the embassy had inked a six-month contract with the US firm to complete the registration process.

The documentation is part of the Afghanistan government’s initiative to create a database of its nationals in the Gulf Cooperation Council nations.

About 155,000 expatiates living in the GCC except in Saudi Arabia will be covered in the first phase. Some 200,000 Afghans in Saudi will be registered in the next phase.

PAN Monitor/mud