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MP questions minister on boosting Kuwait security

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 20: Parliamentarian Hamad Al-Olayan has directed a parliamentary inquiry to the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled, regarding the Ministry’s protocols for preventing individuals with Israeli citizenship, holding Gulf or foreign passports, from entering Kuwait, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Olayan sought clarification on whether the Ministry of Interior has a defined strategy aimed at bolstering Kuwait’s security and enforcing laws prohibiting normalization with Israelis.
Specifically, he inquired about measures to prevent the entry of individuals with Israeli nationality, even if they hold passports and nationalities from other foreign countries. He also sought details on the mechanisms employed by the Ministry in this regard.

Additionally, Al-Olayan requested information on the steps taken by the Ministry of Interior to enforce Kuwaiti legislation against normalization with Zionists. Given Kuwait’s declared state of war against the occupying Zionist forces in Palestinian and Arab lands, he asked about the verification processes to ensure that foreigners entering Kuwait do not possess Israeli citizenship alongside their other nationalities. He questioned whether modern technologies are employed for verification or if the Ministry relies solely on received information.

The parliamentarian further inquired whether, between 2003 and 2023, instances occurred where individuals with foreign nationalities and passports entered Kuwait, only for it to later emerge that some held Israeli citizenship. He requested documentation supporting the Ministry’s actions in such cases. Al-Olayan also sought information on Kuwait’s stance regarding the unified Gulf tourist visa project.

Specifically, he asked whether the Kuwaiti government unconditionally approved, refused to implement, or expressed reservations about the unified visa. He sought clarity on whether Kuwait intends to be part of the Gulf countries implementing this visa and when it is slated for implementation in Kuwait. Concluding his inquiry, Al-Olayan addressed circulating reports on social media suggesting Kuwait’s reservations about the unified Gulf tourist visa due to specific security considerations preventing the acceptance of certain nationalities received by other Gulf countries. He sought clarification on the accuracy of such information.

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