FM Qureshi urges Kuwaiti authorities to soften visa policy for Pakistani community


KUWAIT (DNA) – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday urged the Kuwaiti authorities to soften its visa policy for Pakistani community.The foreign minister highlighted the issue during his meeting with Kuwaiti Interior Minister Khaled Al Jarrah Al Sabah in Kuwait.They discussed Pak-Kuwait bilateral relations and issue of visa restrictions.On the occasion, Qureshi said Pakistani workforce comprising over 100,000 individuals is playing an important role in development of Kuwait.

He said the members of Pakistani community living in Kuwait for last many years are confused about the visa restrictions and are finding it hard to invite their families to the country.

The number of Pakistanis was 115,000 in 2015 which has now reduced to 105,000 due to this reason.

The minister urged the Kuwaiti Interior Minister to review the visa policy for Pakistanis and exempt Pakistan from visa restrictions in place since 2011.

Khaled Al Jarrah Al Sabah assured the Shah Mahmood that government of Kuwait will sympathetically look into the issue and will take serious steps to resolve it.

Later, FM Qureshi while talking to a delegation of Abu Shaibah Group of Companies led by its Chairman Sayyah Abu Shaibah in Kuwait reaffirmed PTI government s determination to increase foreign investment in the country and provide all out assistance to investors.

He said there are vast investment opportunities in Pakistan in the fields of energy, agriculture, health, education and construction for foreign investors. He said investment of Kuwaiti companies in Pakistan will be welcomed.

The Kuwaiti delegation indicated their intent to bring massive investment in Pakistan in near future.