Positive talks on Schengen visa
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