Amir calls on Asian na­tions to co­op­er­ate to tackle prob­lems

Sheikh Sabah says JASTA breaches rules of int’l treaties

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE -

BANGKOK: Co­op­er­a­tion amongst mem­bers of the Asia Co­op­er­a­tion Di­a­logue Sum­mit (ACD) was the main theme in the ad­dress given by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the sec­ond meet­ing of the re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tion. The Amir high­lighted dur­ing the event the need for uti­liz­ing joint po­ten­tials and di­verse ca­pac­i­ties to re­al­ize the as­pi­ra­tions of the Asian coun­tries and to achieve se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

The Kuwaiti leader called for a col­lec­tive ef­fort to com­bat poverty and en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems in Asia. He stressed the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing health­care and hous­ing wel­fare for the peo­ple of the con­ti­nent. HH the Amir also called on ACD mem­bers to re­spect in­ter­na­tional laws and norms stip­u­lated by world or­ga­ni­za­tions. Sheikh Sabah spoke about the Jus­tice Against Spon­sors of Ter­ror­ism Act (JASTA), re­cently en­dorsed in the United States of Amer­ica, say­ing that it con­sti­tutes “a breach of in­ter­na­tional treaties’ rules and harms our in­ter­ests”.

“Our sec­ond sum­mit is be­ing held while the con­ti­nent faces grave chal­lenges and dan­gers where we have all suf­fered from an­ni­hi­lat­ing wars that re­sulted in many vic­tims and weak­ened economies of the re­gional coun­tries and ob­structed their ca­pac­i­ties and ef­forts for achiev­ing the re­quired de­vel­op­ments,” Sheikh Sabah said.

“Our com­mu­ni­ties today suf­fer from mount­ing chal­lenges such as an­ni­hi­lat­ing wars, poverty, low level of health­care, il­lit­er­acy, en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems and rapid pop­u­la­tion growth, al­though we are aware of the ne­ces­sity of col­lec­tive ac­tion to face th­ese chal­lenges. How­ever, our Asian joint ac­tion has re­mained be­low the as­pi­ra­tions, de­spite the vast ge­o­graphic size of the con­ti­nent and the huge de­mo­graphic sta­tus,” he added.

Kuwait will be work­ing with its Asian part­ners to achieve de­vel­op­ment in all pos­si­ble spheres, said HH the Amir, who noted that his coun­try an­nounced in 2012 an ini­tia­tive to form an Asian de­vel­op­ment fund with a cap­i­tal of $2 bil­lion. The Kuwaiti leader called on all Asian na­tions to seek the 2030 de­vel­op­ment goals as one unit to achieve pros­per­ity for the re­gion.

Prime Min­is­ter of Thai­land Prayut Chan-ocha echoed sim­i­lar state­ments, urg­ing Asian na­tions to seek means to boost co­op­er­a­tion in all pos­si­ble fields, es­pe­cially within the eco­nomic do­main. Boost­ing ties within the po­lit­i­cal, com­mer­cial, and so­cial spheres should also be amongst the top pri­or­i­ties of the ACD, said Prayut, who said Thai­land was will­ing to be­come a vi­tal player in build­ing bridges of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and co­op­er­a­tion amongst Asian na­tions. The Thai pre­mier thanked Kuwait for host­ing the head­quar­ters of the ACD sec­re­tariat and also com­mended the coun­try for its ef­forts in pro­mot­ing ties in the Asian con­ti­nent.

In state­ments to KUNA at the ACD, Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Suleiman Al-Jar­al­lah said that the sum­mit helped in achiev­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in Asia. The Kuwaiti ini­tia­tive to launch an Asian fund, in which the state do­nated $300 mil­lion, is an in­di­ca­tion of Kuwait’s ut­ter com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ment in Asia, said Jar­al­lah.

— AP

BANGKOK: Thai­land’s Prime Min­is­ter Prayuth Chan-ocha (left) talks to HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 2nd Asia Co­op­er­a­tion Di­a­logue sum­mit at the for­eign min­istry yes­ter­day.

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