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Cairo: Qatar has said it will resume work next week at a visa centre in Sri Lanka.

The Qatari Interior Ministry said that the centre in Colombo will start re-operation on January 20 and that appointment reservation will be available via its website as of today.

Qatar visa facilities abroad work to finalise procedures for recruiting expatriate workers through accredited centres with the aim of facilitating related measures, protecting migrants’ rights and documenting labour contracts. They also guarantee that expatriates will do their jobs upon arrival in Qatar.

Those facilities operate according to an electronic system to process procedures including medical tests, bio-data and conclusion of foreign labour’s contracts under oversight of the bodies concerned in Qatar.

Foreigners make up around 2.3 million of Qatar’s total population of 2.7 million.