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Kuwait’s swift biometric rollout aligned with Gulf coordination efforts

Some countries are also rushing to complete security linkage and information exchange, which will automatically resolve the issue of dual nationality.

• The biometric fingerprint database strengthens global security ties, especially with Arab and Gulf nations.

• The implementation of biometric fingerprinting would aid in identifying dual nationals who may use multiple identities and documents while traveling between countries.

While the Ministry of Interior continues to receive citizens and residents to conduct biometric fingerprinting before the June 1 deadline, sources familiar with Al-Rai newspaper stress the importance of completing this process to avoid halting all transactions with the ministry. They note that approximately 1.7 million individuals have updated their data.

The sources revealed that Kuwait’s hastiness in implementing the fingerprinting for all covered individuals and setting a three-month deadline starting on March 1 was in line with efforts for Gulf coordination in this regard. Some countries are also rushing to complete security linkage and information exchange, noting that this will automatically resolve the issue of dual nationality.

The sources explained that the completion of the biometric fingerprint database will significantly contribute to establishing a security link with all countries worldwide, INTERPOL, and particularly with Arab and Gulf countries. This is especially important for managing information related to individuals with security concerns or issues, and for preventing entry attempts using fake passports at airports.

The sources mentioned that the issue of dual nationality is of common interest among Gulf countries, as it currently poses financial burdens along with social and economic implications. The implementation of biometric fingerprinting would facilitate the closure of this issue and aid in identifying dual nationals who may use multiple identities and documents while traveling between countries.

The sources confirmed the existence of joint coordination among Gulf countries to resolve this issue. They are utilizing the latest security measures, including biometric fingerprinting, whose database will serve as an official reference for identifying individuals applying for it. It’s noted that this fingerprint has become a requirement for entry and exit for travelers in many countries.



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