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A diplomatic incident was narrowly avoided at the FIDIC conference when 25 Nigerian delegates were initially denied visas to visit nearby Malaysia on a FIDIC social event.
Despite being told visas were available in Singapore prior to their arrival at the conference, the Nigerian delegates, forming a party of 35 with spouses, were told they would have to fly to a third country to obtain a visa, and then continue to Malaysia.
The social trip would have taken delegates by coach to Malaysia Đ a trip of around 90 minutes.
The conflict was resolved after FIDIC managing director Enrico Vink took the party to the Malaysian embassy in Singapore to protest.

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