MP: Syrians in Kuwait ‘brothers’, not ‘refugees’
FLORENCE: Kuwait is hosting 160,000 Syrians “whom we consider brothers and offer all means of a dignified life. We do not deal with them as refugees,” a Kuwaiti MP said yesterday.
The lawmaker was referring to the number of Syrian nationals currently living in Kuwait, and who have mostly been residing in the Gulf state since before the Syrian crisis started in 2011. Kuwait has held an adamant stance against welcoming any new refugees fleeing from the conflicts in their home country, citing security reasons.
Yet, MP Dr Ouda Al-Ruwaie believes that hosting a large community of Syrians in Kuwait “and offering them all forms of humanitarian support” reflects the state’s keenness on assisting victims of the conflict in Syria. “The figure may look small for some, but it is equal to 15 percent of the Kuwaiti population,” Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) quoted Ruwaie in statement he said during a joint seminar for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group (GSM) and the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations that kicked off in Florence, Italy, on Thursday.
Ruwaie is leading a Kuwaiti National Assembly delegation to a joint seminar for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group (GSM) and the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations that kicked off in Florence, Italy, on Thursday. The GSM provides a forum for parliamentarians from NATO countries and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to discuss political and security issues and to enhance co-operation.
Donor conferences Ruwaie appreciated all those offering support to the Syrian refugees, either Arab Muslims, or the international community. He said that the event highlighted the Gulf leading role in support to the humanitarian issues.
Ruwaie said that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was the first to pay attention to the Syrians’ humanitarian issue since the eruption of the crisis, more than four years and a half ago. His Highness the Amir exerted efforts to muster assistance to the Syrians, hosting the First, Second and Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, which managed to collect $8 billion for the Syrian people.
Terror organization On Thursday, Ruwaie stressed the importance of rejecting any links between the so-called Islamic State (IS) to Islam, calling for terming it as a terror organization. The message of IS runs thoroughly counter to the principles and teachings of Islam which call for tolerance, stopping the bloodshed of people and safeguarding their lives, he told a forum of NATO parliamentary group.
Ruwaie called on countries to scrutinize deeply and clearly the ideology of this organization, which calls for the destruction of institutions and homes, and the killing of people, and to expose its crimes against people regardless of their race, religion or sex.
He rejected also claims that IS destroys monuments and museums on a religious basis, saying the accumulated cultural heritage has been existing unharmed over the history of Islam and this proves also that IS is not linked to Islam.
The Kuwaiti MP underlined the urgency of drying up financial sources of IS in order to uproot the phenomenon, urging both Muslim and Arab nations to show to the world the true image of Islam and Muslims. He urged the Western media to uncover facts relating to the crimes of this organization to expose its ugly image to people.