Al-Ma­nar TV’s of­fen­sive re­marks on Amir-Trump talks de­nounced

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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 15, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion fiercely con­demned al­le­ga­tions made by a pre­sen­ter on Le­banese TV chan­nel Al-Ma­nar about the re­cent talks be­tween His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in Wash­ing­ton.

What was said rep­re­sents “defama­tion, slan­der, the fal­si­fi­ca­tion of facts and an at­tempt to mis­lead the pub­lic,” the min­istry said in a state­ment on Fri­day.

“Th­ese al­le­ga­tions are far from re­al­ity, con­tain­ing of­fen­sive re­marks that re­veal evil and ma­li­cious in­ten­tions which will never af­fect the neigh­bourly and his­tor­i­cal re­la­tions be­tween Le­banon and Kuwait,” it added.

Le­banese Prime Min­is­ter Saad Al-Hariri, mean­while, af­firmed Satur­day his coun­try’s ad­mi­ra­tion and re­spect to­wards the State of Kuwait, re­ject­ing all re­cent al­le­ga­tions by a cer­tain Le­banese me­dia out­let against His High­ness the Amir.

This came in a press re­lease by the of­fice of Al-Hariri dur­ing the re­cep­tion of Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Le­banon Ab­dula’l Al-Qe­nai.

“What have oc­curred on tele­vi­sion screens is an act out­side the Le­banese na­tional con­sen­sus re­gard­ing re­la­tions with Kuwait and the rest of the Arab brethren,” said Al-Hariri.

He added that “Le­banon’s ju­di­ciary sys­tem is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and will come up with a ver­dict.”

The per­son who came up with the al­le­ga­tions against His High­ness the Amir will face jus­tice, af­firmed Al-Hariri who stressed the strong re­la­tions link­ing Kuwait and Le­banon.

On his part, Am­bas­sador Al-Qe­nai said that His High­ness the Amir, as a prom­i­nent re­gional and in­ter­na­tional fig­ure, was above all con­tro­ver­sies and al­le­ga­tions.

In re­gards to the al­le­ga­tions, Al-Qe­nai af­firmed that the tele­vi­sion chan­nel, which al­low such mis­in­for­ma­tion from spread­ing, is known for its con­tro­ver­sial stance on re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues, in­di­cat­ing no act of such na­ture could af­fect the strong bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

The Kuwaiti diplo­mat thanked all Le­banese me­dia out­lets for voic­ing their ut­ter re­jec­tion to th­ese al­le­ga­tions against His High­ness the Amir, af­firm­ing that it was re­flec­tive of the strong brother­hood amongst Le­banese and Kuwaiti peo­ple.

Pre­vi­ously, State Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor Judge Samir Ham­moud has tasked cen­tral crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­part­ment with script­ing the in­ter­view con­ducted by Al-Ma­nar Tele­vi­sion sta­tion with a me­dia per­son­nel who slan­dered Kuwait and His High­ness the Amir.

Of­fi­cial Na­tional News

Agency (NNA) said on Satur­day the doc­u­men­ta­tion of the in­ter­view would be a pre­lude to le­gal pro­ceed­ings, to be un­der­taken by the gen­eral pros­e­cu­tor.

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