US citizen stuck in Kuwait can now leave country

June 6, 2011 - 12:13 PM

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen stuck in Kuwait for months will finally be able to leave the country after the U.S. Embassy reversed course and returned his confiscated passport.

Aziz Nouhaili had been unable to leave Kuwait since February. He has said embassy officials told him that he should no longer think of himself as a citizen and that his naturalization may be revoked.

The problem apparently stemmed from a decades-old passport issue he had before becoming a citizen.

On Sunday, U.S. officials told Nouhaili he could pick up his passport but offered no explanation for the delay. The reversal came three days after Nouhaili's lawyer at the Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting the passport's return.

Nouhaili picked up his passport Monday morning.