FM stresses need to consolidate ef­forts to ease hu­man­i­tar­ian suf­fer­ing world­wide

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KUWAIT: First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled AlHa­mad Al-Sabah stressed yes­ter­day the im­por­tance of strength­en­ing in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to al­le­vi­ate hu­man suf­fer­ing around the world.

This came in a speech by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled dur­ing an honor­ing cer­e­mony held by the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for him and a num­ber of of­fi­cials of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs in recog­ni­tion of their hu­man­i­tar­ian and ef­fec­tive role in the prepa­ra­tions for the in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian con­fer­ences held in Kuwait.

Hu­man­i­tar­ian chal­lenges

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said that “the grow­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian chal­lenges in to­day’s world, in ad­di­tion to the un­prece­dented bloody con­flicts, es­pe­cially in the Mid­dle East, led to the dis­place­ment of more than 60 mil­lion refugees around the world, which dou­bles the size of the re­spon­si­bil­ity in­cum­bent on all of us and on the in­ter­na­tional con­science to en­hance ef­forts to find so­lu­tions to th­ese con­flicts and al­le­vi­ate their tragic con­se­quences.” He added that the in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian work that is free from any spe­cific po­lit­i­cal, ge­o­graphic, re­li­gious or eth­nic ap­proach as­cended a dis­tinct rank in the hi­er­ar­chy of pri­or­i­ties of the for­eign pol­icy of the State of Kuwait based on the di­rec­tives of His High­ness the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al Sabah.

He praised the joint co­op­er­a­tion of the State of Kuwait with the High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions which rep­re­sents a live em­bod­i­ment and a prac­ti­cal model as well as a shin­ing ex­am­ple of the spirit of hu­man sol­i­dar­ity. He ex­plained that the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the State of Kuwait and the UNHCR Of­fice has pol­ished the mech­a­nism of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides, which re­sulted in a close strate­gic re­la­tion­ship, the most prom­i­nent land­marks of which was Kuwait’s host­ing of three donor con­fer­ences to sup­port the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in Syria, through which the State of Kuwait had con­trib­uted $1.3 bil­lion.

He ex­pressed his deep pride in his close per­sonal re­la­tions with the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees An­to­nio Guter­res, thank­ing him on be­half of the State of Kuwait on tak­ing of­fice with all wis­dom and com­pe­tence.

Prom­i­nent spot

Mean­while, Amiri Di­wan Ad­vi­sor and UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral En­voy for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs Dr Ab­dul­lah Al-Maa­touq stressed in a speech dur­ing the honor­ing that Kuwait’s hu­man­i­tar­ian en­deav­ors world­wide has gained it a prom­i­nent spot among donor coun­tries.

Kuwait has al­ways strived to of­fer help re­gard­less of color, race, gen­der or re­li­gion, Maa­touq said, who is also Chair­man of the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Char­i­ta­ble Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IICO). Un­der the di­rec­tions of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait held three donors’ con­fer­ences to aid the Syr­i­ans in their cri­sis; a con­fer­ence to help de­vel­op­ment in East of Su­dan and other con­fer­ences for lo­cal and re­gional NGOs, he added. He pointed out that Kuwait has of­fered help to nat­u­ral dis­as­ter-stricken coun­tries such as Pak­istan, Tur­key, the Philip­pines, In­done­sia, Mau­ri­ta­nia, So­ma­lia, Benin and Niger. It also aided war-torn coun­tries such as Syria, Ye­men and Iraq.

Key is­sue

In the mean­time, UNHCR’ High Com­mis­sioner An­to­nio Guter­res praised His High­ness the Amir’s sup­port to the Syr­ian refugees that gained him the UN honor­ing of a ‘Hu­man­i­tar­ian Leader’ and lauded the For­eign Min­istry’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing that this sup­port sees the light and gets de­liv­ered to the right peo­ple.

Guter­res said in his speech at the same cer­e­mony that the Syr­ian refugees’ cri­sis has be­come a key is­sue in­ter­na­tion­ally where it posed chal­lenges to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, call­ing for find­ing a so­lu­tion to this prob­lem swiftly. He lauded the Kuwaiti For­eign Min­is­ter and his staff for be­ing the “voice” of hu­man com­pas­sion and the em­bod­i­ment of true Is­lamic val­ues.

French For­eign Min­is­ter

In other news, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled yes­ter­day re­ceived a writ­ten mes­sage from French For­eign Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius. The mes­sage han­dles ways of bol­ster­ing dis­tin­guished re­la­tions be­tween both friendly coun­tries in all fields, co­op­er­a­tion over the cur­rent re­gional and in­ter­na­tional devel­op­ments and sev­eral is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est. — KUNA

KUWAIT: First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah (cen­ter) with the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees An­to­nio Guter­res (right) and Amiri Di­wan Ad­vi­sor Dr Ab­dul­lah Al-Maa­touq. — KUNA

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