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KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait -- Gay expatriates, go away!
A top health official in the tiny Arab nation of Kuwait told a local newspaper that Kuwait plans to screen expatriates in order to detect homosexuals and bar them from entering the country.
Yousuf Mindkar, director of public health, told Al Rai that Kuwait does not want gays to enter the country and that similar measures are planned in the Gulf Cooperation Countries, or GCC, comprising of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries,” he told local daily Al Rai. “However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states.”
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are among the 76 countries where it is illegal to be gay and punishment can be severe. Most of the nations are in the Persian Gulf region or Africa.