Kuwaiti says it is important to guarantee the rights of expat workers in the country following remarks from a local MP who called for expats to pay "even for the air they breathe".
Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said that Kuwait pays a great attention to guaranteeing the rights of expatriate workers in the country and providing suitable conditions for them. He also highlighted the important role expats play in the country's economy.
Kuwait is home to 3.3 million expatriates, including 700,000 domestic helpers, against 1.4 million Kuwaiti citizens.
The deputy foreign minister said Kuwait stands ready to adjust its laws with the aim of providing more justice to expat workers and protect their rights.
There have been parliamentary calls to sharply reduce the number of foreigners in the country and to impose wide-ranging charges and taxes on them, including a tax on their remittances to their home countries.
Kuwaiti MP Safaa Al-Hashim has called for the imposition of fees for any service that expatriates benefit from, saying that there should pay "even for the air they breathe", according to local reports, as reported by International Investment.