Monday, November 29

News of a Kuwaiti decision to “strict” in granting visas to the Lebanese

It was reported that the Kuwaiti authorities decided to “get tough” in granting visas to the Lebanese without issuing an official circular to that effect, a security source told AFP on Wednesday, less than two weeks after a diplomatic crisis erupted between Lebanon and the Gulf states.

Reuters also reported that the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Qabas, quoted a source as saying on Wednesday that the Ministry of Interior decided to stop all types of visas for Lebanese citizens, in light of the diplomatic crisis between Lebanon and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

However, Agence France-Presse quoted a Kuwaiti security source familiar with the decision – who preferred not to be named – as saying, “There is a verbal decision to strictly issue tourist and commercial visas to the Lebanese without an official circular to that effect,” adding, “There is strictness, not prevention.”

At the end of last month, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait asked the heads of the Lebanese diplomatic missions to leave their lands, and decided to recall their ambassadors from Beirut, against the background of statements by the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Qardahi, regarding the war in Yemen, where Riyadh leads a military alliance.

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