Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s banning of immigrants of 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, Kuwait is now carrying out a similar policy, blocking citizens from 5 Muslim-majority countries from entering its borders, AlAraby reported.
The news comes days after Trump issued the ban on the 7 countries. His move received severe criticism.
Citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan will not be able to visit Kuwait as a result of this new policy.
According to Kuwaiti sources, the restrictions were put in place due to the “instability” in the five countries and that the ban would be ended when the security situation improves.
The Persian Gulf state has voiced concerns about the threat of extremists groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The extremist groups are funded by some Western countries as well as Persian Gulf Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE.
Iran has also been placed on the list, even though not a single report proves that ISIS or al-Qaeda are present in the country. This could further increase tensions between Iran and Kuwait.
Kuwait has in recent years issued a number of laws targeting foreigners. In 2015, the Arab country was named as “the worst place in the world” for expatriates, based on a 64 country InterNation survey.