Egypt Kuwait ties strong and friendly

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Deputy par­lia­ment speaker Mubarak Al-Khu­rainej said Kuwait-Egyp­tian ties were deep at the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and pop­u­lar lev­els, and noth­ing would un­der­mine th­ese re­la­tion­ships. Khu­rainej said the sus­pected killer of Egyp­tian worker in Hawally has been ar­rested “so the in­ci­dent should be placed in its proper frame­work, so there is no need to incite feel­ings of the two peo­ple.”

The ju­di­ciary of Kuwait will con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions in a just man­ner, said Khu­rainej, who ex­tended con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the Egyp­tian worker. He said the Egyp­tian com­mu­nity in Kuwait was the sec­ond largest, and Egyp­tians were al­ways warmly wel­comed by the Kuwaiti gov­ern­ment and peo­ple.

Po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic ties

Khu­rainej said Egyp­tians con­trib­uted to de­vel­op­ment of Kuwait and Egypt stood by Kuwait dur­ing the 1990 Iraqi in­va­sion, and sent forces to help lib­er­ate the coun­try in 1991. Kuwait, he said, sup­ported Egypt eco­nom­i­cally fol­low­ing the 2011 and 2013 events.

Cairo trust Kuwait ju­di­ciary

Al­ter­na­tively, Egyp­tian Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion and Egyp­tian Ex­pa­tri­ates Af­fairs Na­bila Makram ex­pressed trust in Kuwait ju­di­ciary, which is ex­am­in­ing the case of Ah­mad Atef, an Egyp­tian worker who was killed in a scuf­fle in Hawally a few days ago. The min­is­ter made the re­mark dur­ing a meet­ing with Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor, and Min­is­ter of State for De­vel­op­ment and Plan­ning Af­fairs Hind AlSubaih on Sun­day.

Subaih said that the case is be­fore the Kuwait’s “just” ju­di­ciary, adding the fam­ily of Atef will take his rights in ac­cor­dance with the laws. She called on the fam­ily to sub­mit a re­quest so as to com­plete mea­sures as dis­ci­plined, af­firm­ing that Kuwait is keen on pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing rights of all em­ploy­ees from dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties.

La­bor is­sues

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the two min­is­ters dis­cussed sev­eral la­bor is­sues which in­ter­est the two coun­tries. Subaih stressed the depth of Egypt-Kuwait re­la­tions and her coun­try’s keen­ness on pro­tect­ing work­ers as they are play­ing a key role in en­hanc­ing de­vel­op­ment in­side the coun­try. She promised to task a Kuwaiti team to visit Egypt for hold­ing talks with of­fi­cials in or­der to co­or­di­nate on the pos­si­bil­ity of achiev­ing an au­to­matic link­age be­tween the two sides with the aim of pre­serv­ing rights of work­ers and curb­ing fraud. She also af­firmed the start of im­ple­ment­ing uni­fied la­bor con­tracts, re­fer­ring that work­ers were given a grace pe­riod of two months to ad­just their con­tracts. Con­cern­ing some fake com­pa­nies that im­port work­ers with­out pro­vid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate jobs for them, Kuwait’s Pub­lic Author­ity for Man­power is co­or­di­nat­ing with the la­bor of­fice in the Egyp­tian Em­bassy to iden­tify th­ese com­pa­nies to avoid deal­ing deal with them in the fu­ture.

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