Par­lia­ment Speaker lauds talks with UAE of­fi­cials

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Pres­i­dent of the Arab Inter-Par­lia­men­tary Union (AIPU) and the Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Ali Al-Ghanem lauded talks he held late on Mon­day with UAE of­fi­cials dur­ing his brief visit to the GCC coun­try.

In a press state­ment, Ghanem said that his dis­cus­sions with the UAE Vice-Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter, and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al-Mak­toum and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces, Mo­hammed bin Zayed AlNahyan, were con­struc­tive and fruit­ful.

“As head of the Arab par­lia­ment, I de­clare that my dis­cus­sions with Sheikh Mo­ham­mad bin Rashid Al-Mak­toumm and Sheikh Mo­ham­mad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan fo­cused on ur­gent re­gional files es­pe­cially the sit­u­a­tion in the oc­cu­pied Pales­tine,” said Ghanem, af­firm­ing that it was im­por­tant for Arabs to unite in an ef­fort to halt the Is­raeli ag­gres­sion and mis­treat­ment of Pales­tini­ans. He said that “dis­cus­sions also touched on devel­op­ments in Ye­men, Iraq, and Syria in ad­di­tion to is­sues re­lated to the on­go­ing acts of ter­ror­ism re­quir­ing a firm re­gional and in­ter­na­tional stance.”

Ghanem called on the GCC states to co­op­er­ate within the counter-ter­ror­ism do­main, adding that he had re­ceived the UAE’s views re­gard­ing the mat­ter dur­ing his meet­ing with the Emi­rates top of­fi­cials. He thanked the UAE of­fi­cials for their sup­port for the Arab par­lia­men­tary union and com­mended at the same time the role played by the UAE within the GCC and Arab leg­isla­tive spheres.

Ghanem con­cluded his state­ment by say­ing that the talks with the UAE of­fi­cials had re­flected the long stand­ing re­la­tions link­ing the two broth­erly coun­tries “which will hope­fully con­tinue to de­velop ever more.”

His­toric ties

Mean­while, Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid af­firmed Abu Dhabi’s Keen­ness on ce­ment­ing the broth­erly and his­toric ties with the State of Kuwait. The Vice Pres­i­dent made the af­fir­ma­tion dur­ing his host­ing of Ghanem at Qasr Al Ba­har (the Sea Palace), the of­fi­cial UAE news agency, WAM, re­ported yes­ter­day.

Sheikh Mo­hammed stressed on the UAE res­o­lu­tion on boost­ing the deep-rooted ties with Kuwait, de­scrib­ing the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions as dis­tin­guished at the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and so­cial lev­els. He asked the Kuwait Par­lia­ment Speaker to con­vey his greet­ings to His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, wish­ing him ev­er­last­ing health and well­ness. He also wished the Kuwaiti peo­ple fur­ther progress and pros­per­ity. Both sides dis­cussed bi­lat­eral ties and means to en­hance them at all lev­els to best serve the in­ter­ests of both coun­tries, be­sides the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC).

They also tack­led lat­est devel­op­ments on the Arab and re­gional are­nas and means of boost­ing Arab unity and sol­i­dar­ity, be­sides the role of the Arab par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in achiev­ing the ul­ti­mate as­pi­ra­tions of the Arab states and peo­ples.

Strong re­la­tions

In the mean­time, Speaker of the UAE Na­tional Coun­cil Mo­ham­mad Al-Murr praised the strong and broth­erly re­la­tions be­tween the UAE and the State of Kuwait at all lev­els. Murr lauded Ghanem for his ef­forts in strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, es­pe­cially the par­lia­men­tary ties.

“The youth­ful en­ergy man­i­fested by Ghanem and the ef­forts on part of the State of Kuwait in pro­mot­ing Gulf and Arab re­la­tions call for re­spect and ap­pre­ci­a­tion,” Murr added.

The dis­tin­guished par­lia­men­tary re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries is an ex­ten­sion of the strong po­lit­i­cal bonds be­tween the United Arab Emi­rates and Kuwait, un­der the wise lead­er­ship of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his brother, the UAE Pres­i­dent Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, he stressed. The ties be­tween Kuwait Na­tional As­sem­bly and UAE Na­tional Coun­cil is an ideal re­la­tion­ship and one of the best re­la­tion­ships be­tween leg­isla­tive assem­blies at the Gulf and Arab lev­els, he said.

—KUNA

ABU DHABI: UAE Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum meets Kuwaiit Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker and Head of the Arab In­terPar­lia­men­tary Union (AIPU), Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem.

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