Qatar has appreciated the move by the European Commission (EC) to include Qatar on list of countries whose nationals are exempted from Schengen visa.
The announcement leads to the start of final round of negotiations between Qatar and European Union in this regard.
According to the statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, facilitating procedures for nationals abroad is topmost priority.
The statement emphasized the efforts by the ministry to facilitate travel of Qataris’ across the world.
The statement further said the announcement serves as evidence to improve bilateral ties in all fields.
According to the ministry, the decision will take time to get effective, as some of the necessary procedures are to be completed.
As per the statement available on website https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_22_2506 the EC said that it proposes to lift visa requirements for nationals of Qatar and Kuwait.
As per the proposal, Qatar and Kuwait nationals holding biometric passports will no longer require a visa when travelling to the EU for short stays of 90 days in any 180 days period for business, tourism or family purposes.
The Commission made this proposal after assessing various criteria, including irregular migration, economic benefits, public policy and security, and the Union’s relations with two countries.
This will help strengthen ties with Gulf countries, the EC statement pointed out.
According to High representative/Vice President, Joseph Borell, the proposal to lift visa requirements for Qatari and Kuwaiti nationals as a first step is aimed to make it easier for people from the entire region to travel to European Union.
The final aim is to ensure regional coherence and achieve visa-free travel for all GCC countries. When combined with the upcoming Joint Communication on the Gulf, the proposal will further strengthen the overall partnership and cooperation between the EU and GCC, he pointed out.