Kuwait bans citizens from five Muslim-majority countries from being able to obtain Kuwaiti visas. This Trump-esque decision comes after the Gulf state issued tight entry restrictions, mirroring US President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.
Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Pakistanis and Afghans will not be able to obtain visit, tourism or trade Kuwaiti visas, and passport holders from the countries will no lot be allowed to enter the Gulf state while the blanket ban is in place nor apply to visas.
The restrictions were made due to the “instability” in the five countries, as Pakistan and Afghanistan deal with violence from extremist groups, while Syria and Iraq are embroiled in internal conflicts.
Sources reveal that the Trump-esque ban would be lifted once the security situation improves.
Kuwait is concerned about the threat extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group pose, having militant organisations in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Gulf state has witnessed a number of militant attacks over the past two years, including the bombing of a Shia mosque in 2015 which killed 27 Kuwaits.
As a response to the deathly attack, Kuwait arrested dozens of suspected Daesh sympathizers and rolled out mandatory DNA testing program and database for the Gulf state’s 4 million population.
Kuwait had already issued a ban on all visas for Syrians in 2011, but allowed those inside the country to remain, reports Albawaba.
A number of laws targeting foreigners were issued in Kuwait in recent years, making it one of the most unfriendly Gulf states towards expatriates. It was even named as the worst place in the world for expatriates in a 64 country Inter Nations survey in 2015.
Dubai also supported Trump’s decision, outraging Syrians and other nationalities included in the ban.
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