Kuwait Issues Its Own Trump-esque Visa Ban For Five Muslim-Majority Countries

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     People of Muslim-heavy countries will no longer be eligible for Kuwait visas—specifically Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Pakistanis and Afghans. This policy is mirrored after President Trump’s Muslim ban.

[Source: Tribune.com.pk]

Citizens of those countries will be barred from Kuwaiti visas of tourism, visits and trade upon the US bolstering its ban on seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Liby and Yemen). Passport holders from the previously stated countries will be denied entry into the Gulf state while the countrywide ban’s in place—they’ve been ordered to not apply for visas either.

According to Kuwait’s statements to the media, the ban is to troubleshoot the “instability” in those, five areas—it will be lifted once security has been assessed and ultimately improved in the countries. However, it doesn’t seem like that will be any time soon, as Pakistan and Afghanistan have seen violence from extremist outfits—Syria and Iraq are managing their own, internal problems.

While communication has been mostly peaceful, conflict between Iran and the Gulf has been growing since 2016—mainly due to GCC powers believing Tehran is attempting to create chaos in the region.

Kuwait’s also vigilant of extremist powers including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group—both outfits have solidified their presence in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Gulf’s endured multiple, militant attacks within the last, two years—one of which was a Shia mosque in 2015 (27 Kuwaitis killed). Their response entailed dozens of suspected, Daesh sympathizers being arrested, mandatory DNA testing and creating a database of the Gulf state’s population (four-million people).

[Kuwait City | aerial shot | Footage: courtesy of 3zoozQ81]

As of 2011, Kuwait issued a ban on all Syrians, but pre-existing-in-Kuwait Syrians could remain in the country. Until the US’s recent ban, the Gulf state was the only country in the world to officially disallow entry to Syrians. Recently, they’ve issued multiple laws targeting foreigners. Kuwait has become extremely apathetic toward expatriates—among the Gulf areas. Upon a 2015 InterNations 64-country survey, Kuwait was decidedly the worst place to be for expatriates.

Back in the US, people seem to have extremely negative feelings regarding President Trump’s Muslim ban—it was enacted January 27th. Kuwait has stayed silent on the matter. Dubai Security Chief Dhahi Khalfan incited anger in Syrians and others when he publicly spoke out against Trump’s anti-Muslim actions.

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