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Fearing unrest Kuwaitis urged to leave Thailand Hotlines set for emergencies

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 9, (Agencies): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the installation of emergency lines that operate 24 hours a day for citizens facing problems abroad or inside the country, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources. Sources explained the emergency lines are for those who face difficulties in communicating with the Kuwaiti embassies abroad, and with the ministry after official working hours or during holidays. Sources said the emergency lines are 98007999 and 98007888. All Kuwaiti nationals currently in Thailand should leave the country immediately prior to Jan 13 which will witness the protest rally dubbed as (Bangkok closure) day, Kuwait’s Ambassador to Thailand Abdullah Al-Sharhan. He added in remarks to KUNA that all Kuwaitis willing to travel to Thailand should cancel their planned trips, due to the political unrest and the instable security situation in Thailand.

The diplomat affirmed the well-being of Kuwaitis receiving medical treatment at local Thai hospitals, pointing out that the embassy has set a comprehensive plan to deal with any emergency case of evacuating Kuwaitis from the country. Al-Sharhan asked all Kuwaitis currently in Thailand to provide the embassy with their personal information by calling its hotlines at (+66918909998) and (+6626366600). The anti-government movement leader Suthep Thaugsuban has earlier called on his supporters to organize a massive rally on January 13th to completely paralyze traffic in the capital to reach the so called (Bangkok closure) day. The opposition is calling on Thai citizens to boycott the public elections scheduled for Feb 2.

Meanwhile, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs also called on UAE citizens not to travel to the Kingdom of Thailand, due to the tense political situation in the country, unless in extreme necessary cases. According to a statement from the ministry’s Undersecretary Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Butti Al- Hamed, the warning comes out of the ministry’s keenness on the safety of UAE nationals abroad. The statement added that “the Ministry is closely following the developments in Thailand and has assigned, in coordination with the UAE Embassy in the country an operation room that works around the clock in order to follow the citizens’ conditions

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