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UAE denies entry to seven Kuwaiti students

The United Arab Emirates has denied entry to seven Kuwaiti university students who were due to study in the UAE, Kuwaiti MP Hussein Alqoiean reported.

Alqoiean said the Emirati authorities stopped seven Kuwaiti students at the airport and banned them from entering the UAE citing security reasons, but without any investigation. He did not specify the date of the incident.

Alqoiean told reporters on Wednesday that "His Highness Prime Minister Jaber Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah has to intervene to solve this problem," also urging Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to immediately contact his Emirati counterpart, Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, to resolve the students' problem.

The MP did not give any further details, while the UAE authorities were not available to comment on the incident.

In February, the UAE's WAM state news agency quoted an unnamed official at the Ministry of Higher Education as saying that eight Kuwaiti students had been expelled from the Universities of Sharjah and Ajman for violating the universities internal laws and regulations by forming student unions without the universities' permission.

The news agency claimed that, "the students [had] collected donations and held illegal gatherings in university housing units in violation of the UAE's laws."

It was not clear whether or not the seven students who were recently banned entry are among the eight students expelled earlier.

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