Kuwait reaf­firms sol­i­dar­ity with France

Amir sends con­do­lences No change in Schen­gen visa is­suance

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HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Fri­day night sent a ca­ble of con­do­lence to French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande fol­low­ing the at­tacks in Paris. The Amir strongly con­demned “th­ese crim­i­nal acts of ter­ror­ism which run counter to all teach­ings of holy faith and hu­man­i­tar­ian val­ues”, and ex­pressed sin­cere con­do­lences over the large num­ber of vic­tims.

He reaf­firmed Kuwait’s sol­i­dar­ity with the French peo­ple and gov­ern­ment, say­ing Kuwait sup­ports all mea­sures France might take to pro­tect its se­cu­rity against ter­ror­ist acts. He also re­newed Kuwait’s com­mit­ment to the in­ter­na­tional cam­paign against all forms of ter­ror­ism. HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Ha­mad Al-Sabah also sent sim­i­lar ca­bles to Hol­lande.

Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem also strongly con­demned the ter­ror­ist at­tacks. He sent a ca­ble of con­do­lence to the Pres­i­dent of the French Na­tional As­sem­bly Claude Bar­tolone to ex­press pro­found grief over the tragic in­ci­dents and reaf­firm full sup­port to the peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of friendly France. Ghanem said ter­ror­ism has be­come a global men­ace every­where in the world, which re­quires a global col­lec­tive ef­fort to erad­i­cate it. He wished those wounded in the mul­ti­ple at­tacks quick re­cov­ery.

Mean­while, a Kuwait For­eign Min­istry of­fi­cial said Fri­day night that Kuwait fol­lowed, with pro­found con­cern and grief, the news of the de­spi­ca­ble acts of ter­ror­ism which hit Paris. Such heinous acts can only strengthen the re­solve of the friends in France to pursue their role in the fight against ter­ror­ism, the of­fi­cial said, reaf­firm­ing Kuwait’s sol­i­dar­ity with France in all mea­sures it might take to pro­tect its se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity.

Kuwait main­tains its prin­ci­pled stance against all forms of ter­ror­ism what­ever the sources or jus­ti­fi­ca­tions might be, the of­fi­cial stressed. He ex­pressed con­do­lences to the griev­ing fam­i­lies and wished the wounded quick re­cov­ery. Kuwait Am­bas­sador to France Sami Al-Suleiman urged all Kuwaiti na­tion­als and stu­dents to re­main vig­i­lant for their safety and fol­low the in­struc­tions of the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

The em­bassy is in touch with the com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties and keeps close watch on the devel­op­ments of the sit­u­a­tion, he added. Separately, the French em­bassy yes­ter­day said no changes have taken place in mea­sures for is­su­ing Schen­gen visas to Kuwaitis wish­ing to visit France. A Schen­gen visa is still is­sued in 48 hours, an em­bassy state­ment noted. France has tight­ened border se­cu­rity in the wake of the at­tacks that hit Paris late Fri­day.

Yet, this does not lead to any change, not in the least, on the is­suance of Schen­gen visas that are is­sued in two days’ time, the state­ment said. Schen­gen visas that have been al­ready is­sued are valid, the em­bassy said, not­ing that tight­en­ing se­cu­rity im­plies po­ten­tial se­cu­rity in­spec­tion dur­ing trav­els among mem­ber states. French Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Chris­tian Nakhle also strongly de­nied ban­ning Kuwaitis or peo­ple from other na­tion­al­i­ties from en­ter­ing France in the af­ter­math of the at­tacks.

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