Viet­namese are not banned in Kuwait, clar­i­fies am­bas­sador

‘MoI only sus­pends is­suance of visa upon ar­rival’

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

Am­bas­sador of Viet­nam to Kuwait Trinh Minh Manh (2nd from left) meets with As­sis­tant

For­eign Min­is­ter for Asian Af­fairs of the State of Kuwait Ali Su­laiman Al-Saeed.

By Michelle Fe San­ti­ago

Arab Times Staff

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 10: “It’s not true that Kuwait has sus­pended the is­suance of visa or banned Viet­namese cit­i­zens or work­ers to the coun­try,” dis­closed on Satur­day Am­bas­sador of Viet­nam to Kuwait Trinh Minh Manh amid re­cent re­ports that came out on the me­dia on Kuwait’s visa sus­pen­sion for Viet­namese na­tion­als.

The am­bas­sador quickly clar­i­fied that only the is­suance of visa upon ar­rival for Viet­namese na­tion­als was sus­pended by the Min­istry of In­te­rior but there is no ban on Viet­namese cit­i­zens to Kuwait.

Manh told the Arab Times that he had a meet­ing on Nov 7 with As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter for Asian Af­fairs of the State of Kuwait Ali Su­laiman Al-Saeed to clar­ify the mat­ter. Al-Saeed con­veyed to Manh that there is no visa ban for Viet­namese na­tion­als.

“The fact is the Min­istry of In­te­rior took its own ini­tia­tive be­fore to al­low cit­i­zens of some coun­tries in­clud­ing Viet­nam to get visa on ar­rival to en­ter Kuwait in ad­di­tion to the nor­mal way through Kuwait’s diplo­matic mis­sions in those coun­tries. Now for a cer­tain rea­son, the Min­istry of In­te­rior de­cided to stop this visa upon ar­rival pol­icy. Viet­namese can still ap­ply and get visa at Kuwait’s em­bassy in Hanoi and its Con­sulate Gen­eral in Ho Chi Minh City as usual,” ex­plained the am­bas­sador.

Manh pointed out that Al-Saeed in­formed him that the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs did not pro­vide any in­struc­tion to the Min­istry of In­te­rior to is­sue such a di­rec­tive of sus­pend­ing the visa upon ar­rival fa­cil­ity for Viet­namese na­tion­als.

“The Asian De­part­ment of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs is also try­ing to find out why the Min­istry of In­te­rior de­cided to do that,” stated Manh as he high­lighted the ex­cel­lent bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Kuwait and Viet­nam.

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