Gulf biometric link project to detect dual nationality cases

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Kuwait-Saudi linking process set to be completed

KUWAIT CITY, May 26: Kuwait is rapidly advancing in the field of biometric fingerprinting, preparing to finalize the Gulf biometric link project, according to a special source speaking to Al-Rai daily said. This project will detect all cases of dual nationality among the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, automatically resolving the issue. In the past, manipulations of names always created a state of uncertainty. Now, even if the entire four-part name differs between Kuwait and any other Gulf country, it will be uncovered because fingerprints do not lie, providing results that are beyond doubt. The source highlighted that biometric fingerprinting will simplify resolving the issue of dual nationality, revealing individuals who might use different identities and documents when moving between countries. This is particularly important given the social, economic, and financial burdens associated with dual nationality, which is a significant concern for the Gulf countries. Regarding the fate of dual nationals in Kuwait, the source emphasized that the law is unequivocal: anyone holding another nationality will have their Kuwaiti nationality immediately revoked.

When asked about the option to choose, the source explained that it is an exceptional case and not correctly applied. The law clearly mandates the immediate withdrawal of nationality without hesitation. The biometric linking process between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia has already commenced and is close to completion, particularly since Kuwait met the Ministry of Interior’s deadline to collect biometric fingerprints from citizens by September 30th. Concerning nationality fraudsters using false names, the source stated that detecting such cases depends on complaints from the concerned parties, prompting necessary investigations and legal actions.

This process begins with the revocation of nationality and encompasses all stages of criminal investigation and legal consequences. When asked whether the names currently under scrutiny, potentially numbering in the thousands, will be presented to the relevant authorities and the Council of Ministers, the source replied that they are not pre-empting any events. Recently, the Board of Directors of the Central Agency for Addressing the Situations of Illegal Residents (Bedoun) met under the chairmanship of the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Fahd Al-Yousef. The meeting included agency head Saleh Al-Fadala, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Sheikh Jarrah Al-Jaber, Chief of the General Staff of the Army Lieutenant General Pilot Bandar Salem Al-Muzain, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Lieutenant General Sheikh Salem Al-Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and other board members. They reviewed several emerging topics and made decisions accordingly.

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