Four groups of military personnel representing the Ministry of Defence and Military Production departed overseas on Sunday to contact Egyptians living abroad with regards to fulfilment of their mandatory military service. The groups will travel to Europe, America, the Gulf and other Arab states for two weeks, according to state run news Agency MENA.
MENA reported that the General Commander of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence and Military Production General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi approved the formation of the four military panels.
The first panel will visit European countries including England, Belgium, Spain and Italy. The second will be travel Arab countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. The third will travel to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates and the fourth will be based at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington.
The purpose of sending these representatives abroad is to locate young Egyptians living abroad who have not completed their mandatory military service and try to settle their status regarding military service. Those over 30 will be considered to have defaulted on their service and will be fined, reported MENA.
The sources from the ministry told MENA that families who have relatives living abroad can go to the department for recruitment and inform them of which country their family member is currently in and to begin the legal process of settling the issue.