Kuwait has denied imposing a travel ban on nationals from several Muslim-majority countries, a move that was praised by US President Donald Trump.
The story was propagated by news web sites popular with Mr Trump’s supporters including Breitbart, Infowars and Sputnik.
The President hailed the purported ban as “Smart!” on his Facebook page and posted a link to an article by Jordan-based site Al-Badawaba, which claimed citizens from five majority-Muslim countries would no longer be able to obtain visas from the Gulf state.
Citing unknown sources, the report alleged that Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Pakistanis and Afghans would no longer be able to enter Kuwait, “mirroring” the US President’s immigration ban.
Yet a Kuwaiti foreign ministry spokesperson told state news agency KUNA the government “categorically denies these claims and affirms that these reported nationalities […] have big communities in Kuwait and enjoy full rights,”.
Citizens of the five nations that would have been affected visit Kuwait regularly, …