The Cabinet, at an extraordinary session on Monday, adopted a phased process to bring back Kuwaiti citizens abroad who have remained there amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The ministers, during the session, followed up on efforts for combating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and adopted the plan to bring back home Kuwaiti citizens from all corners of the world, said Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh in a statement after the special meeting.

The session kick-started with Minister of Health and head of a team tasked with following up on the coronavirus developments, Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah, briefing the ministers about the latest information about the pandemic, including data and statistics included in reports of the World Health Organization.

The ministers were also briefed by Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohamamd Al- Sabah, who along with the minister of health, presented details about the planned operation.

The plan, execution of which was scheduled to begin on April 19, envisaged five phases: First would be due on April 19-20 covering Kuwaitis who completed medical treatment abroad along with their companions, also tourists or those who were on official assignments.

The second stage (April 23) covers patients who need medical beds and life support equipment. The third one (April 25-May 1) for students, the fourth (May 3-4) for diplomats and the fifth (May 6-7) for other segments.

Later in the session, Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Khaled Al-Fadhel briefed the minsters about the recent agreement by OPEC and non-OPEC oil-producing states to slash crude production by less than 10 million barrels per day.

The ministers lauded the deal that would stabilize the markets and back the global economy in the current extraordinary circumstances. Moreover, the cabinet lauded the designation of Mustafa Al-Kadehmi to form a new government in Iraq, hoping the move would lead to attaining the people aspirations.

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