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Bid to end ‘visit visa’ Egyptians misery ‘600 set for deportation’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 27: The Ambassador of Arab Republic of Egypt to Kuwait Abdulkareem Suleiman and the Egyptian consulate is working hand in hand to solve the misery of thousands of Egyptians who have entered the country on what the authorities call ‘suspicious visit visas’, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In the meantime, Suleiman has announced the completion of procedures to deport about 600 Egyptians. He said the consulate has booked the tickets on behalf of more than 400 affected persons.

The ambassador said there are extensive contacts between the embassy and the ministers of Interior and Foreign Affairs of Kuwait and the latter have promised to provide all help to those affected Egyptians. He pointed out the consulate facilitates the Egyptians who want to complete departure procedures while at the same time keeping in touch with personnel from the General Department of Immigration and Passports to complete deportation procedures as soon as possible.

It has been reported Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior is deporting Egyptians who have entered the country on tourist visa said to have been issued by VIPs. It has also been reported on an average about 150 people are legally deported every day through the General Administration of Immigration Investigations, which is doing its best to complete the deportation procedures.

The Ministry of Interior said the number of suspicious visit visits which have been so far found are about 5,000 and investigations are ongoing to find the exact number

Boat carrying infiltrators seized:
The Kuwaiti coastguard seized on Monday an Iranian boat carrying 12 Iranians and two Afghans that had entered the Gulf state’s territorial waters, the Interior Ministry and a security source said. Patrols spotted the boat after it entered Kuwaiti waters early in the morning, seized the vessel and detained all 14 on board, the ministry said in a statement. It said the 14 individuals would be held pending an investigation. The ministry did not reveal the identity of those arrested but a security source said they were 12 Iranians and two Afghans. Kuwait regularly intercepts boats from Iraq and Iran that stray into its waters with suspected smugglers or fishermen on board. (AFP)

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