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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 23: Pandemonium broke loose at the Ethiopian Embassy recently as the embassy’s employees had a heated argument with citizens who picked up the renewed passports of their Ethiopian employees, reports Al-Jarida daily. This happened on the first day the embassy started handing over the renewed passports of Ethiopian employees. The embassy has been keeping these passports since September; but it suddenly closed its doors, leaving hundreds of Ethiopians without passports and facing heavy fines.
The temporary consular section of the embassy began handing over the renewed passports of Ethiopians at 8:30 am on the first day and this is after the renewal period of one week. The embassy distributed renewed passports at Yarmouk Sports Club in Mishref. On the first day, four embassy employees arranged the passports in alphabetical order before calling out the names of the owners.
However, those present complained about the lack of experience and chaotic way of dealing with the visitors. Several citizens pointed out that the shoddy procedures will cause them enormous losses as they will have to pay huge amounts to renew the residency permits of their Ethiopian employees. It has been reported that around 1,000 passports will be distributed throughout this week.