Top GCC official explores Schengen visa waiver with EU: Details inside

10:42 PM | 20 Mar, 2024
Top GCC official explores Schengen visa waiver with EU: Details inside

BRUSSELS - The negotiations between Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the European Union have moved forward on the issue of the Schengen visa waiver.

In a high-level diplomatic encounter, GCC Secretary-General Jasem Mohamed Al Budaiwi and Deputy Secretary-General of the EU's External Action Service Enrique Mora deliberated on potential visa waivers for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens.

The discussions were held in Brussels on Monday, where both leaders underscored the importance of cementing collaboration between the GCC and the EU while stressing the significance of joint efforts to confront prevailing challenges.

Amid their deliberations, Al Budaiwi and Mora also addressed pressing matters, including the ongoing situation in Gaza and preparations for an imminent forum on regional security slated for next month. 

As far as the Schengen visa waiver is concerned, the GCC countries have been trying hard to make it easier for their citizens to enjoy their vacations without the hassle of securing a visa.

The GCC countries have also agreed on a unified visa regime on the same pattern as the Schengen visa for the countries in the bloc. 

A few days earlier, GCC's Secretary General Jasem Albudaiwi said the GCC countries deserve to get the Schengen visa exemption.

“It is odd we have not been exempted from this visa… We deserve to be exempted from this visa,” Albudaiwi told Saudiah TV Channel.

“God willing, in a certain phase, all the GCC countries, will be able to celebrate exempting their citizens from the Schengen visa,” he said.

Created in 1981, the GCC comprises Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar - a Muslim-dominated bloc though the economic ties are strong despite the hiccup that emerged between Qatar and Saudi Arabia a few years ago.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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