Newspaper: Kuwait blocks all kinds of visas for Lebanese

Well-informed security sources told Al-Qabas newspaper that the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry has suspended the issuance of all types of visas to members of the Lebanese community for Kuwait, until further notice, against the backdrop of the recent diplomatic crisis between the Cooperation of the Gulf Council countries and Lebanon.

The sources said: “Those who reside within the country of the Lebanese are not covered by the decision and have the right to return to the country,” noting that the decision includes stopping the issuance of all types of visits. , whether family, tourist, commercial or governmental, as well as stop characteristics of joining a family, in addition to the Stop Entry Attributes of the work visa.

Kuwait’s decision comes less than two weeks after the outbreak of a diplomatic crisis between Lebanon and the Gulf states.

At the end of last month, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait asked the heads of Lebanese diplomatic missions to leave their territories and decided to recall their ambassadors from Beirut, against the background of statements by the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Kordahi.

The UAE, in turn, has summoned its own diplomats from Beirut in solidarity with Riyadh.

Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese work in the Gulf countries and send large sums of money to their families in their country, mired in economic difficulties, of which about 50,000 in Kuwait alone, according to statistics released by the Lebanese embassy, ​​published by “AFP” .

The cause of the crisis between the Gulf states and Lebanon go beyond Qardahi’s statements, as they also concern the growing influence of pro-Iranian Hezbollah in Lebanese political life. The Gulf states classify Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization”.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan stressed this month that it “makes no sense” to deal with Lebanon in light of the continued “domination of Iran’s delegates” over this Arab country.

Kuwaiti rigor in granting visas to Lebanese comes among the news published by the media local authorities say the security services are interrogating 16 Kuwaiti “suspected of financing” Hezbollah.

In 2015, Kuwaiti security services dismantled a cell accusing him of collaborating with Iran and Hezbollah after he was captured. in possession of its members, who had more than 20 ammunition and weapons. Kuwait filed an official protest to Lebanon, accusing Hezbollah of training these people.

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