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Dual Saudi, Kuwaiti citizenship to be banned

More than 400,000 people carrying dual nationalities will be ordered to choose one under Kuwait law

Dual Saudi, Kuwaiti citizenship to be banned

Gulf locals holding dual Saudi and Kuwait citizenship are to be summoned by authorities in both GCC countries and ordered to choose only one citizenship as dual nationality is banned under Kuwait law, it was reported.

“Security cooperation between Riyadh and Kuwait City has enabled security authorities in both capitals to draw up a list of 432,000 people carrying the nationalities of both countries at the same time,” according to a report in Kuwaiti daily Al Shahed, citing unnamed sources.

“Since the Kuwaiti law bans the dual citizenship, they will be summoned and asked to give up one nationality and keep only one,” the report added.

The issue of statehood is big issue in Kuwait, especially in light of around 110,000 bidoon, or stateless, residents, who have been unable to gain full Kuwaiti nationality due to strict government rules on citizenship.