‘Kuwait will work for rap­proche­ment’

‘GCC cri­sis could lead to dis­as­ter’

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

“WHEN HH the Amir of the State of Kuwait took the ini­tia­tive to play the me­di­a­tor role to con­tain the cur­rent Gulf cri­sis be­tween Qatar on one hand and Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) and Bahrain on the other, it was cer­tain he would use his diplo­matic ex­pe­ri­ence and in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion to pre­vent the ag­gra­va­tion of cri­sis among sis­terly mem­ber States in the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC),” columnist, Pro­fes­sor at Kuwait Univer­sity’s Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence De­part­ment and former MP Dr Has­san Jowhar wrote for Al-Jarida daily.

“This was to avoid the ac­com­pa­ny­ing reper­cus­sions and as­so­ci­a­tions of the cri­sis which would be­fall on all States and peo­ples of this part of the world.

“As a mat­ter of fact, the Kuwaiti far­sight­ed­ness was ob­vi­ous since day one of the cri­sis in ques­tion. The ex­pe­ri­ence of HH the Amir was ev­i­dent be­cause he im­me­di­ately em­barked on shut­tle trips be­tween cap­i­tals of the con­flict­ing par­ties dur­ing the holy month of Ra­madan.

“The shut­tle trips helped ease the ten­sion and this has been em­pha­sized by the tes­ti­monies of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and lead­ers of the great pow­ers who made it clear that there will be no al­ter­na­tive for the Kuwait me­di­a­tion.

“The above, ac­tu­ally sum­ma­rizes what was said by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad dur­ing his re­cent press con­fer­ence at the White House in the pres­ence of the US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. His High­ness put to test the rep­u­ta­tion of his coun­try and his per­sonal cred­i­bil­ity and there was no need for him to claim or re­veal any­thing more.

“But en­coun­ter­ing the true and ac­tual ef­fort and sin­cere in­ten­tions to pre­vent the re­gion from be­ing dragged into a new cri­sis through ir­re­spon­si­ble re­ac­tions and be­hav­ior of some peo­ple, this ac­tu­ally sig­ni­fies the ab­sence of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and the spirit of loy­alty rep­re­sented at least by its emo­tional di­men­sion.

“It is need­less to say HH the Amir does not heed praises or grat­i­tude to be heaped on him af­ter the rich his­tory in the realm of di­plo­macy par­tic­u­larly in terms of his good of­fices which he ex­erted to pre­vent the ag­gra­va­tion in strug­gles ev­ery­where through­out the past half a cen­tury.

“Such be­ing the case, his pride and cred­i­bil­ity will not be af­fected by un­known and silly tweets here and there, not by any base­less state­ments, be­cause the in­sight and the fu­tur­is­tic vi­sion of His High­ness the Amir shall re­main the thing that should be dealt with se­ri­ously in a bid to pre­vent the rel­e­vant peo­ples fall­ing vic­tim to re­pen­tance.

“In this con­text, we cite the fierce po­lit­i­cal es­ca­la­tion that we wit­nessed dur­ing the re­cent min­is­te­rial meet­ing of the Arab League (AL) which is a danger­ous in­di­ca­tion and that was what HH the Amir em­pha­sized on in Washington.

“Given the above, to deal with the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, the State of Kuwait, the Amir and the peo­ple shall go ahead with their true and neu­tral good of­fices for the sake of eas­ing the ten­sion among sis­terly coun­tries and lis­ten to the voice of rea­son and re­sort to the choice of con­struc­tive di­a­logue among the sis­terly coun­tries.

“This is be­cause the se­cu­rity of the Gulf re­gion is in­di­vis­i­ble. More­over, the State of Kuwait loves all mem­ber states on equal ba­sis, be­cause this love is de­rived from the coun­try’s good­will, the his­tor­i­cal in­evitabil­ity and fu­tur­is­tic vi­sion and this calls for boost­ing co­her­ence of her in­ter­nal front.

“Con­se­quently, we hope an­other feeder and par­al­lel ini­tia­tive will be launched to close many files and prob­lems among us topped by the set­tling of po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences and the is­sues

Jowhar

of the ar­rests tweet­ers and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists or ‘pris­on­ers of opin­ion’ and nul­lify all re­stric­tions which im­pede the free­doms and sub­sti­tute them with ef­forts to pur­sue cor­rup­tion and the cor­rupt and ul­ti­mately open a new page of pu­rity and trans­parency to pro­tect the na­tion -- the so­cial fab­ric and the re­la­tions be­tween the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tional pow­ers and the com­mu­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“We say this be­cause the en­tire re­gion is sit­ting on a vol­cano and the sit­u­a­tions are likely to be ag­gra­vated in light of such ten­sion which cur­rently pre­vails in Iraq on the back­ground of the Kur­dish is­sue in ad­di­tion to the fact that the Mid­dle East crises have de­pleted all re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ef­forts and this means what can even­tu­ally ben­e­fit us is our na­tional unity as Kuwaitis.”

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“In the wake of his re­cent visit to the Gulf re­gion, the US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son, is­sued a state­ment say­ing the Gulf cri­sis is likely to last for many months,” columnist Mo­ham­mad Hazza’a Al-Mu­tairi wrote for AlQabas daily.

“Fol­low­ing this state­ment, we have re­al­ized that this state­ment has not come from vac­uum, be­cause it be­came ob­vi­ous when he failed dras­ti­cally to heal the rift be­tween our brothers in Qatar on one hand and in Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE and Bahrain on the other hand.

“In this con­text, we elu­ci­date that our link be­tween the state­ment in ques­tion and pro­long­ing the cur­rent Gulf cri­sis, can be at­trib­uted to a state­ment which was once is­sued by the former US sec­re­tary of state John Kerry over the war on the Is­lamic State (IS) or the so-called ‘DAESH’ when he said ‘the war shall last for ten years’ and this had cre­ated a wave of doubts over the cred­i­bil­ity of this war.

“Given the above, the de­pen­dence on the prin­ci­ple of be­liev­ing in the US for­eign pol­icy in deal­ing with ev­ery cri­sis and trans­form­ing this pol­icy into ‘a con­sti­tu­tion’ and then be­liev­ing that this pol­icy has all of the key el­e­ments to deal with ev­ery is­sue, will neg­a­tively re­flect on those who have de­pended on this pol­icy.

“For the time be­ing, we see how the US is cur­rently strik­ing deals with dif­fer­ent par­ties to the war in Syria (pre­vi­ous foes of the US), namely the Ira­nian regime and Rus­sia to share the in­flu­ence in that coun­try and re­lin­quish all Syr­ian re­sis­tance fac­tions which ear­lier basked in US sup­port.

“Hence, we found that th­ese fac­tions topped by the so-called ‘The Syr­ian Free Army’ are cur­rently on the verge of col­lapse, be­cause Washington is de­ter­mined to stop sup­port­ing th­ese fac­tions.

“How­ever, to go deep into such ex­am­ple, let us say the US through its deal­ing with var­i­ous Mid­dle Eastern crises, has proved its dou­ble stan­dard pol­icy and its volatile poli­cies which are al­ways gov­erned by its na­tional in­ter­ests and as such no­body should bet on th­ese poli­cies.

“Re­turn­ing to our Gulf cri­sis, we can hereby say ex­ploit­ing the in­ter­na­tional sup­port for the ini­tia­tive launched by the State of Kuwait and me­di­a­tion un­der­taken by HH the Amir, will in­evitably bear fruit, be­cause this ini­tia­tive is the sole march that has been en­gi­neered to con­verge the view­points and heal the rifts among sis­terly coun­tries.

“Such be­ing the case, we sug­gest the role to be played by our brothers -- the par­ties to the Gulf cri­sis -- should be rep­re­sented by re­spond­ing pos­i­tively to the Kuwaiti ini­tia­tive and even­tu­ally not re­ly­ing on the fac­tor of time to set­tle the said cri­sis, be­cause the de­lay in this con­nec­tion will not be in fa­vor of any of us, par­tic­u­larly since we know that the forth­com­ing GCC sum­mit will be held in Novem­ber 2017 and will be hosted by the State of Kuwait – the coun­try of me­di­a­tion to solve the cur­rent Gulf cri­sis.”

“In the past cen­turies, nations and em­pires used to im­pose their in­flu­ence and con­trol with the help of mil­i­tary forces through op­pres­sion, oc­cu­pa­tion and colo­nial­ism to loot the good­ies of weak and small coun­tries,” columnist Owaid Al-Suleili wrote for Al-Shahid daily.

“With the in­cep­tion of the United Nations at the end of the Sec­ond World War, spread of demo­cratic prin­ci­ples and hu­man rights, and emer­gence of the fea­tures of new world or­der, colo­nial­ism and mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion trans­forms to colo­nial­ism and oc­cu­pa­tion through cul­ture, me­dia and econ­omy.

“This new form of colo­nial­ism is con­sid­ered more danger­ous than the pre­vi­ous one, be­cause nations are held in a bet that serves the in­ter­ests of other coun­tries through sub­ju­gated to their econ­omy, cul­ture and me­dia un­know­ingly or with­out the abil­ity to pre­serve their na­tional wel­fare.

“As a jour­nal­ist, I con­sider me­dia colo­nial­ism to be the most dam­ag­ing one, and when we look at our sit­u­a­tion, Kuwait’s me­dia has been in­fil­trated. Un­for­tu­nately, it has reached to the point where some mem­bers of the me­dia have be­come the mouth­pieces of for­eign en­ti­ties in a way that af­fects the wel­fare of our coun­try and its peo­ple, lo­cally and even glob­ally.

“There­fore, the gov­ern­ment needs to set its pri­or­i­ties straight by get­ting rid of the fifth col­umn in the lo­cal me­dia, and en­sure those in­fil­trat­ing our me­dia with for­eign agen­das at the ex­pense of the na­tion are held ac­count­able for their ac­tions. This should be done sooner than later be­fore the State losses its rev­er­ence and stance on neu­tral­ity. Let’s pre­serve the na­tional in­ter­est be­fore it’s too late.”

“I won­der why we are only moved by se­vere cri­sis. There are is­sues that throw us out of bal­ance in the midst of cri­sis, which make us feel like wak­ing up sud­denly from deep sleep to find our­selves in the mid­dle of cri­sis,” columnist Ab­dul-Rah­man Al-Awad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.

“The traf­fic cri­sis is back, and we are wo­ken to sounds of frus­trat­ing and an­gry cars held hostage by the traf­fic con­ges­tion or traf­fic light. At this time, we hear of rapid ef­forts to find so­lu­tion that are usu­ally tem­po­rary.

“We are in a real predica­ment that af­fects time, and time is the most valu­able as­set a per­son could have. It is sad that peo­ple have to spend their pre­cious time at the traf­fic light amid heavy traf­fic jam.

“Sev­eral projects were tabled in the past by the State, which with­out doubt, could have solved a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the prob­lems we have been fac­ing on a daily ba­sis. One of the projects is the metro tun­nel and I wish the of­fi­cials knew how great this project is and its mag­i­cal ef­fect in re­duc­ing the traf­fic con­ges­tion.

“We hope to see im­ple­men­ta­tion of this great project as soon as pos­si­ble be­fore we end up spend­ing half of our lives at the traf­fic lights or in the mid­dle of traf­fic con­ges­tion and jam.”

“It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the State or the gov­ern­ment to amend the Res­i­dency Law for mak­ing it eas­ier for fam­i­lies and for curb­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing. The gov­ern­ment should curb this crime in or­der to pro­tect the peo­ple of Kuwait and honor the in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions of Kuwait,” Athra Al-Ri­fai wrote for Al-Qabas daily.

“Any crime is a scourge that threat­ens the se­cu­rity of the so­ci­ety and touches the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple wher­ever it oc­curs. There­fore, it must be con­fronted and erad­i­cated wher­ever it oc­curs, re­gard­less of the sit­u­a­tion.

“Kuwait is a signatory to in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions and treaties in this re­gard. In 2015, it en­acted the Do­mes­tic Em­ploy­ment Act No. 86 and es­tab­lished a shel­ter for ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers with the aim of pro­tect­ing and main­tain­ing the dig­nity of vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing.

— Com­piled by Zaki Taleb

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