Kuwait has threatened to apply the principle of “reciprocity” in dealing with citizens of EU countries,
after a draft list of countries, whose citizens will be able to enter Europe when borders reopen on July 1, excluded Kuwaitis and citizens of other GCC countries, Kuwaiti media reported.
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Kuwait’s assistant minister of Foreign Affairs for Europe, ambassador Walid Al Khubaizi, said that “Should Kuwait is not included in the list, all options will be open to apply the principle of reciprocity to citizens of European Union countries upon entering Kuwait.”
He pointed out that “there are a number of countries outside the European Union, which did not set any conditions for Kuwaitis to enter their lands.
The citizens of 54 world countries will benefit from the reopening of the European Union external borders on July 1.
Al Khubaizi told Al Rai, “the Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassador of the European Union to the country to inquired about this list,” noting that “cooperation between Kuwait and the European Union and all countries of the world is at the highest levels.”
He added there are bilateral agreements between Kuwait and European countries, each separately, with regard to several sectors, including education and treatment.
The EU ambassador to the country, Christian Tudor, confirmed that the discussion was still going on to adopt the final list, based on the development of health conditions within each country.
Tudor expected that the final list of countries, with which foreign borders will be reopened will be announced this week.
The European Union issued a decision a few days ago, to allow travel to and from some countries, which numbered 15, including China, on the condition that certain conditions be implemented.
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