With the resumption of diplomatic relations between Lebanon and the Gulf countries, including Kuwait, the Ministry of Interior is in the process of reopening the visas to the Lebanese community after a hiatus of about 5 months.
Security sources told a local Arabic daily the return of the Kuwaiti ambassador, Abdel-Al Al-Qena’i, to Lebanon to resume his activities, as well as the Saudi ambassador to Beirut, indicates the end of the crisis that erupted against the background of the statements of former Lebanese Minister of Information George Qardahi on the war in Yemen.
The sources added that the residency affairs departments in the six governorates are fully prepared to receive requests for visas from the Lebanese community whenever the decision is issued to reopen them again, especially after the recent positive changes that occurred in the “Gulf-Lebanese” crisis file.
The sources pointed out that the process of reopening all types of visas for the Lebanese will include in the first stage the commercial and government visas, then work visas, and then family and tourist after scrutiny by the State Security apparatus before issuing any type of visa as per the normal procedure.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun has confirmed that his country is looking forward to better relations with Kuwait and all the Arab brothers.
In a statement, the Lebanese presidency said that President Aoun expressed, during his meeting with Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon Abdel-Aal Al-Qina’i, what happened on the level of Lebanese-Gulf relations was a passing phase.