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Kuwait will resume work visas for Pakistanis after a decade-long suspension

– AFP / File

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has said that after a decade of suspension, Kuwait will “soon” resume issuing work visas to Pakistanis.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Rashid said Kuwait’s interior minister had assured him that the country would resume visas for Pakistanis.

He said the process would begin soon after the coronavirus travel ban was lifted.

According to Arab NewsKuwait stopped issuing visas to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2011.

The development came as Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Dr. Ahmed Nasir Al Muhammad Al Sabah arrived in Islamabad today on a two-day visit to meet his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

The two foreign ministers met in November last year on the sidelines of the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Niamey, Niger.

“The two foreign ministers agreed to work closely to further strengthen and expand bilateral cooperation in a number of areas,” the Foreign Office said in a statement ahead of Sabah’s visit.

Earlier in October, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development announced that Pakistan would send 600 medical professionals to Kuwait under an agreement reached between the two countries in July.

Initially, 221 medical professionals, including doctors, nurses and technicians, will leave for Kuwait, followed by a second batch of 200 professionals, a press release said.

Kuwait’s Ambassador to Pakistan Nasr Abdul Rehman J. Al-Matairi thanked the Pakistani government for providing medical assistance to his country during the difficult time of the corona virus.

He also thanked Pakistani medical professionals for helping “our Kuwaiti brothers” cope with the deadly virus.


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