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Indonesia will sign an agreement to lift its ban on maids working in Saudi Arabia when president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono travels to the Middle East on Thursday, according to reports. 

Arabic-language daily Okaz reported on Sunday that Indonesia has agreed to end the restrictions it imposed on domestic workers being sent to Saudi in 2011, when an Indonesian worker was beheaded after being convicted of murdering her Saudi employer. 

Saudi authorities did not inform the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh before carrying out the execution and the case followed several other reports of poor treatment and abuse of Indonesian maids in the kingdom.

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