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After a ten years, Kuwait to resume visas for Pakistanis

Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Sunday announced that after a 10-year pause, Kuwait has agreed to resume visas for Pakistanis.

The minister’s statement came during on a day-long visit to the gulf country for this very purpose.

Kuwait had banned work visas for Pakistan in 2011 and despite attempts by previous governments the restrictions could not be lifted. In March 2017, the then government had also announced the lifting of the ban by Kuwait during the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the oil-rich country. However, the decision was never implemented.

Today’s development came after a meeting between Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah. Kuwaiti Interior Minister Thamer Ali Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kuwait Syed Sajjad Haider were also present during the meeting.

Rasheed, the interior minister, reached Kuwait Saturday night on a one-day official visit. The minister gave the Kuwaiti premier a special letter from Prime Minister Imran Khan.

 

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