Pos­i­tive talks on Schen­gen visa

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

BRUSSELS: Kuwait’s am­bas­sador to Bel­gium, the EU and Lux­em­bourg, Dharar Ab­dul Raz­zak Raz­zooqi, has held “very good talks” with the EU Com­mis­sioner for mi­gra­tion and home af­fairs, Dim­itris Avramopou­los, discussing the is­sue of ex­empt­ing Kuwait cit­i­zens from the Schen­gen visa.

“The meet­ing was very good. The Com­mis­sioner said we know Kuwait and its po­si­tion in the world,” Am­bas­sador Raz­zooqi said as he emerged from the meet­ing, held late on Tues­day. The am­bas­sador said he ex­plained to the EU Com­mis­sioner the steps Kuwait took in the last two years with dif­fer­ent EU mem­bers and the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion to be in­cluded in the EU list for ex­emp­tion of the Schen­gen visa. He also un­der­lined that Kuwait is a ma­jor in­vestor in Europe and an im­por­tant hu­man­i­tar­ian player as rec­og­nized by the UN which has hon­ored His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for the hu­man­i­tar­ian role he played in help­ing the UN deal­ing with refugee crises across the globe and in the re­gion.

The EU Com­mis­sioner noted that cur­rently, the EU “is very pre­oc­cu­pied with the refugee cri­sis and they will come back to the Schen­gen visa is­sue as soon as the sit­u­a­tion has sta­bi­lized,” the am­bas­sador in­di­cated. The two sides also dis­cussed the is­sue of the Syr­ian refugee cri­sis and Am­bas­sador Raz­zooqi in­formed Avramopou­los that Kuwait has hosted three in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences for help­ing the Syr­ian peo­ple and that Kuwait has till now do­nated $1.3 bil­lion to help the Syr­ian refugees.

Kuwait also sup­ports the Geneva I con­fer­ence on Syria and sup­ports a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the cri­sis, he said. A num­ber of Kuwaiti NGOS are also en­gaged in Tur­key, Le­banon and Jor­dan to help the Syr­ian refugees, he noted. Am­bas­sador Raz­zooqi ex­plained that Kuwait is a very small coun­try but yet is host­ing around 160,000 Syr­i­ans which makes up about 12 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion of the coun­try. — KUNA

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