The decision was taken after a meeting between Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in Kuwait City.
NEW DELHI — After a decade-long suspension, Kuwait on Sunday announced the resumption of visas, including family and business categories for Pakistani citizens.
The Kuwaiti government took the decision during a meeting between Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in Kuwait City.
The Pakistan Interior Minister is on an official visit to Kuwait and carried a special letter of Prime Minister Imran Khan to his Kuwaiti counterpart, according to reports.
During the meeting it was also decided that Kuwait would issue technical visas for Pakistani workers in medical and oil fields.
Following the meeting, Pakistan ministry of interior issued a press release in which it is said that Kuwait had decided immediate restoration of family and business visas for Pakistanis.
Now Pakistani nationals settled in Gulf countries could also get online visas to visit Kuwait.
The press release quoted the Kuwaiti prime minister as saying that relation between the two countries spanned over seven decades and people of the countries had been enjoying relations based on love and trust.
Kuwait had banned work visas for Pakistan along with Iran, Syria and Afghanistan in 2011 while citing difficult security conditions in these countries. Pakistan had made several attempts since then but the restrictions could not be lifted.
According to The Express Tribune, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that Pakistani families and the business community faced enormous problems with the ban on Kuwaiti visa, adding that Pakistani labour played a very important role in Kuwait’s early development.