Kuwait sup­ports Pales­tini­ans in their strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence

EU, Arab League launch strate­gic di­a­logue

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

VI­ENNA/BRUS­SELS: Kuwait on Tues­day re­it­er­ated its sup­port to the Pales­tinian peo­ple’s strug­gle to get back their le­git­i­mate rights and to es­tab­lish their own in­de­pen­dent state on the pre-June 4th, 1967 bor­ders. Speak­ing at a meet­ing of the Com­mit­tee on the Ex­er­cise of the In­alien­able Rights of the Pales­tinian Peo­ple, held at the UN premises in Vi­enna, First Sec­re­tary of Kuwait’s Em­bassy in Vi­enna Ab­dul­lah Al-Obaidi stressed that the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion’s ir­re­spon­si­ble prac­tices are de­fy­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and un­der­min­ing the two-state so­lu­tion. The Is­raeli prac­tices against Pales­tinian peo­ple are in­creas­ing ten­sion in the Mid­dle East and keep the re­gion in a state of war, he warned.

Obaidi cited as ex­am­ple the re­cent es­ca­la­tion in the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries af­ter the Is­raeli govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to re­strict Mus­lims ac­cess to Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Mus­lim world’s third holi­est place of wor­ship. He also re­called the dev­as­tat­ing Is­raeli war on Gaza Strip in which over 2, 000 peo­ple were killed and nearly 10,000 in­jured in ad­di­tion to com­plete and par­tial de­struc­tions of thou­sands of houses, in­sti­tu­tions and in­fra­struc­ture in the densely-pop­u­lated ter­ri­tory.

Obaidi cen­sured the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in­ac­tion in face of the Is­raeli breaches to rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional laws and res­o­lu­tions. He un­der­lined Kuwait’s full sup­port to the Pales­tinian peo­ple in their strug­gle to re­store their le­git­i­mate rights and to es­tab­lish their own in­de­pen­dent state on the pre-June 4th, 1967 bor­ders with East Jerusalem be­ing its cap­i­tal.

Mean­while, Arab League Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Wael Al-As­sad said that Is­rael’s ex­pan­sion in set­tle­ment ac­tiv­i­ties on usurped Pales­tinian land, ef­forts to Ju­daize the oc­cu­pied Jerusalem and ran­dom de­ten­tion of thou­sands of peo­ple are il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in face of the UN laws. He pointed that des­per­ate Pales­tinian peo­ple are in need of in­ter­na­tional forces to pro­tect them against the Is­raeli abuses.

In 1977, the Gen­eral As­sem­bly called for the an­nual ob­ser­vance of 29 Novem­ber as the In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tinian Peo­ple. On that day, in 1947, the As­sem­bly adopted the res­o­lu­tion on the par­ti­tion of Pales­tine. The ob­ser­vance of the In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tinian Peo­ple also en­cour­aged mem­ber states to con­tinue to give the widest sup­port and pub­lic­ity to the ob­ser­vance of the Day of Sol­i­dar­ity.

Strate­gic di­a­logue

In other news, the Arab League and the Euro­pean Union launched yes­ter­day a po­lit­i­cal and strate­gic di­a­logue to deepen their co­op­er­a­tion in a num­ber of re­lated sec­tors. Kuwait’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Arab League in Cairo, Am­bas­sador Ah­mad Ab­dul-Rah­man Al-Bakr, told KUNA ahead of the meet­ing that the launch of the strate­gic di­a­logue was de­cided dur­ing the last EU-Arab League min­is­te­rial meet­ing.

Yes­ter­day’s gath­er­ing was also the fourth meet­ing of the Arab League and the EUs po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity com­mit­tee on the level of am­bas­sadors. The strate­gic di­a­logue work­ing ar­eas in­clude cri­sis man­age­ment, hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance, counter ter­ror­ism weapons of mass de­struc­tion and transna­tional or­ga­nized crime.

Bakr noted that the meet­ing took place un­der un­prece­dented con­di­tions through which the Arab re­gion and Europe are fac­ing linked with the scourge of ter­ror­ism. “This meet­ing is also a mes­sage to Europe from the Arab states to un­der­line their co­op­er­a­tion in the fight against ter­ror­ism,” he said. Bakr noted that the two sides were set to dis­cuss is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est led by the Pales­tine ques­tion and the atroc­i­ties be­ing com­mit­ted by Is­rael against the Pales­tini­ans .

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