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677 Nepalese leave Oman: H E Sarmila

7 Sep 2020 By ANIRBAN RAY

Nearly 700 people of Nepalese nationality were repatriated from Oman in the last few months including people who lost their jobs, stopped due to changes in flights and those who ended their work contacts.

The Embassy of Nepal in Muscat worked relentlessly in assisting them to ensure a safe and smooth journey home.  

According to H E Sarmila Parajuli Dhakal, Ambassador of Nepal to Oman, the embassy assisted in the safe return of 677 people.  

“There will be five more  flights leaving Muscat in the coming months carrying more Nepalese,” she said. 

During the lockdown period, the embassy also set up a hotline to help people cope with their anxieties. The embassy made nearly 2,000 calls to check on the well-being of the people.  

“We also offered our counselling and psychological support to the depressed in this period. We called and assisted people from all over Oman. We created a team of volunteers among our nationals who worked hard to help in this process of repatriation,” added the envoy. 

It must be noted that ever since the new embassy was set up in Oman a few years back, there has been a significant increase of visitors from Oman to Nepal.  

Now more and more people from Oman prefer to spend their vacations in the peaceful atmosphere offered by the Himalayan country.  

Trekking sites in the Annapurna Circuit and the Everest Base Camp are favourite locations. 

The envoy added that things will be back to normal soon including the economy and normal activities. “We are also in the pipeline to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of visa waiver agreement between Omani and Nepali diplomats and passport holders,” H E Sarmila added.

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