Paris at­tacks prove ‘all of us are tar­gets for ter­ror­ists’ - Jar­al­lah

‘Vi­enna talks reached some sort of agree­ment over Syria’s fu­ture’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled AlJar­al­lah said that the se­ries of terror at­tacks that rocked the French cap­i­tal Fri­day have proved that ter­ror­ism is a global phe­nom­e­non and in­no­cent peo­ple any­where are tar­gets for ter­ror­ists.

“Paris terror at­tacks vin­di­cated our con­vic­tion that all of us are tar­geted and that ter­ror­ism is a global phe­nom­e­non,” Jar­al­lah said in a state­ment to re­porters on the side­lines of his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Pales­tinian Em­bassy’s cel­e­bra­tion of Pales­tine’s 27th Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

“The world is in an open war with ter­ror­ism and that war will not stop till de­feat­ing it,” he said, point­ing out that Kuwait has ex­pressed its heart­felt sym­pa­thy over the tragedy and sol­i­dar­ity with the friendly coun­try France.

“Such at­tacks will only in­crease French peo­ple’s res­o­lute and de­ter­mi­na­tion on com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism,” Jar­al­lah said. He re­called that His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah and Saudi King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud have un­der­lined the need to in­ten­sify in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to erad­i­cate ter­ror­ism in their ca­bles to the French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande fol­low­ing the at­tacks.

Vi­enna talks

Mean­while, Jar­al­lah said that Vi­enna-hosted talks on Syria have reached some kind of com­pro­mise over the fu­ture of Syria. “What was leaked about the out­come of the talks in­di­cates that there was some sort of joint vi­sion among par­tic­i­pants on the fu­ture and so­lu­tions of the Syr­ian cri­sis,” Jar­al­lah told re­porters. He, how­ever, said that re­solv­ing the con­flict re­quires more con­sul­ta­tions to per­suade var­i­ous par­ties of any com­pro­mise. He pointed out other meet­ings would be held to build up on the achieve­ments of the two pre­vi­ous ones.

On His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s re­cent visit to Rus­sia, Jar­al­lah said that it was “his­toric and an im­por­tant step in the Kuwait-Rus­sian re­la­tions.” “The Rus­sian side was “ea­ger to lis­ten to the view and vi­sion of His High­ness the Amir re­gard­ing the devel­op­ments in the re­gion, and they in­deed lis­tened very care­fully to this view,” he said, adding that “the Kuwaiti side also lis­tened to the vi­sion of the Rus­sian side which was headed by Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.”

Jar­al­lah said Kuwait and Rus­sia shared the view that the Syr­ian con­flict should be re­solved peace­fully. He said last week’s visit to the Rus­sian re­sort city of Sochi was “con­struc­tive and fruit­ful,” re­sult­ing in the sign­ing of co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments in diplo­matic, mil­i­tary, oil, cul­tural, in­vest­ment and trans­port do­mains. The visit was an op­por­tu­nity to ex­change views over the threat of ter­ror­ism, said Jar­al­lah.

Pales­tinian cause

Dur­ing the event, Jar­al­lah reaf­firmed Kuwait’s firm sup­port to the fair cause of Pales­tine, and the le­git­i­mate strug­gle of Pales­tini­ans for self­de­ter­mi­na­tion and state­hood.

“Kuwait al­ways stands by the Pales­tinian peo­ple in their po­lit­i­cal strug­gle, sup­ported the Pales­tinian revo­lu­tion and con­trib­utes to the ef­forts be­ing made to re­vive the Mid­dle East peace process and reach a fair, per­ma­nent and com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion to the Pales­tinian cause,” he said.

“The lead­ers of the Pales­tinian revo­lu­tion started their drive from Kuwait and con­tin­ued their le­git­i­mate strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion over the last decades,” he pointed out. He added that prepa­ra­tions are un­der­way for hold­ing the ses­sion of the Kuwaiti-Pales­tinian joint com­mis­sion which will dis­cuss a host of po­lit­i­cal is­sues, in­clud­ing the Arab lob­by­ing for Pales­tinian state­hood. The Pales­tinian Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence was pro­claimed by late pres­i­dent Yasser Arafat dur­ing the 19th Pales­tinian Na­tional Coun­cil - the leg­isla­tive body of the Pales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (PLO), on Novem­ber 15, 1988. — KUNA

— Pho­tos by Fouad Al-Shaikh

KUWAIT: Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah (right), Pales­tinian Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Rami Tah­boub (cen­ter) and the am­bas­sador’s wife Rima Al-Khaledi at­tend the Pales­tinian Em­bassy’s cel­e­bra­tion of Pales­tine’s 27th Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

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