Tehran wants Kuwait to drop visa requirements

April 29, 2010

Tehran has suggested that Kuwait and Iran drop the visas required from their nationals when they visit each other’s country, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported.

The Iranian request was made during a meeting between officials from the foreign ministries of both countries.

The Kuwaitis promised to look into the suggestion and report their decision to the Iranian authorities.

A similar request had been put forward by Mustafa Dhul Qadr, the Iranian head of the parliamentary Iran-Kuwait friendship committee.

Only Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals are exempted from entry visas into Kuwait, while citizens of some countries and foreigners living in one of the other GCC countries can obtain visas upon arrival at Kuwait airport.

Kuwait has the largest concentration of Iranians in a GCC country.

A newspaper claim published last month that Kuwait had banned Iranians from being issued visas to enter the country was has denied by Kuwaiti authorities

Kuwait’s interior ministry told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the report alleging that verbal or written orders had been issued not to give Iranians entry or visit visas to Iranians was “unfounded and lacked credibility.”


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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