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Kuwait is qualified for Schengen visa exemption, says Defraigne
December 11, 2017, 8:56 am

The President of the Belgian Senate Christine Defraigne has reiterated her strong support that Kuwaiti citizens be exempted from the Schengen visa for the EU.

She expressed her position during a luncheon that she hosted in honour of Kuwait’s ambas- sador to Belgium, Luxembourg, NATO and EU, Jassem Al- Budaiwi, at the Belgian Senate yesterday.

Al-Budaiwi told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that Defrainge said Kuwait is a strong candidate and qualified for exemption from Schengen visa and that she will raise this matter with relevant authorities.

Over luncheon, the Belgian Senate President expressed ap- preciation for being cordially re- ceived by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during her visit to Kuwait last November.

She lauded the Amir as a “wise and moderate leader,” noting that His Highness is exerting all ef- forts to calm down the situation in the region.

Defrainge also expressed thanks to Kuwaiti National As- sembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim for the fruitful discussions aimed at strengthening bilateral ties.

During her visit, she also met His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, as well as First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and former Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, as she discussed with them a number of important subjects of mutual interest.

She underlined Belgium’s interests in strengthening bilateral ties with Kuwait and in boosting economic, trade and political co-operation.

On his part, Ambassador Al- Budaiwi informed Defraigne that a number of high-ranking visits from Kuwait to Belgium are in the pipelines for early next year. Among others, Kuwaiti deputy foreign minister Khaled Al-Jarallah is expected to visit Brussels early 2018.

Ambassador Al-Budaiwi underlined that both Belgium and Kuwait see eye-to-eye on most regional and international issues and support all efforts to estab- lish peace and security in the world. “Both Belgium and Kuwait are very keen to move the ties to higher levels,” he added.

Source: KUNA

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