Kuwait ready to con­tinue ef­forts to end Ye­men’s cri­sis: Jar­al­lah

‘Kuwait stands at equal dis­tance from all Le­banese par­ties’

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KUWAIT: The State of Kuwait is ready to con­tinue ef­forts to achieve an agree­ment among the Ye­meni par­ties, to put an end to the con­flict in the coun­try, said Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah yes­ter­day.

This came in Al-Jar­al­lah’s re­ply to a re­porter’s ques­tion on Kuwait’s vi­sion to­wards the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Ye­men, as he emerged from the open­ing ses­sion of a meet­ing held by a panel on pre­vent­ing the fund­ing of the so-called Is­lamic State (IS) — un­der um­brella of the Global Coali­tion Against the IS.

UN Spe­cial En­voy for Ye­men Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ah­mad is ex­ert­ing ef­forts to end the cri­sis and he is op­ti­mistic over a pos­si­bil­ity of reach­ing a so­lu­tion to the con­flict in Ye­men, Jar­al­lah said. The se­nior of­fi­cial af­firmed that the re­gion’s coun­tries are also lav­ish­ing ef­forts to halt the bloody con­flict.

Al-Jar­al­lah de­nied that there are me­di­a­tion ef­forts by Kuwait amongst Ye­meni par­ties, em­pha­siz­ing his coun­try’s readi­ness to back all ef­forts to end the war there. Kuwait hosted the UN-bro­kered peace talks amongst Ye­meni par­ties on April 21- Au­gust 6, as part of the in­ter­na­tional en­deav­ors to end the Ye­meni cri­sis.

Mean­while, Jar­al­lah quashed Le­banese me­dia re­ports that Kuwait is lead­ing a cam­paign against a cer­tain pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in Le­banon. “Kuwait stands at equal dis­tance from all Le­banese par­ties,” he stressed. Re­fer­ring to the re­ports as ‘ut­terly ground­less,’ he cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied that Kuwait has, or in­tends to, in­ter­fere in Le­banon’s in­ter­nal af­fairs or sup­port party against an­other. This stance is in­te­gral to Kuwait’s for­eign pol­icy, es­tab­lished by His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah, namely no-in­ter­fer­ence in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of other coun­tries, with keen­ness on “gain­ing friends.” This is an ap­proach that will never be aban­doned, Jar­al­lah stressed.

In the mean­time, Jar­al­lah af­firmed that the bonds be­tween the GCC coun­tries and the Arab Repub­lic of Egypt have been solid, not­ing that sup­port for the na­tion par­tic­u­larly at the eco­nomic level would con­tinue, and ad­ding that the GCC states’ re­la­tions with Egypt have been strong and solid. On record fall of the Egyp­tian pound value, Jar­al­lah said the Egyp­tian cur­rency rating “is de­ter­mined by the mar­ket and Egypt’s eco­nomic con­di­tions.” He af­firmed that Kuwait, along with the other GCC member states, would con­tinue back­ing Egypt’s econ­omy, its se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity. He de­nied re­ports about a ‘cri­sis’ in Egypt’s ties with the GCC coun­tries in­di­cat­ing that such al­le­ga­tions are merely ink on pa­per.

Iraq

In fur­ther state­ments to jour­nal­ists af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion ses­sion, Jar­al­lah af­firmed that Kuwait is fully pre­pared to cope with any even­tu­al­i­ties em­a­nat­ing from the bat­tle for con­trol of the north­ern Iraqi city of Mo­sul.

Asked whether there are any con­cerns that the IS mil­i­tants might move to south­ern Iraq and to lo­ca­tions close to the bor­ders with Kuwait, Jar­al­lah said: “we ought to ex­pect any­thing from this ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.” He re­it­er­ated full sup­port for the Iraqi Govern­ment in its bat­tle to re­take Mo­sul and con­grat­u­lated the Iraqis on their vic­to­ries on the field.

Jar­al­lah in­di­cated that Kuwait was main­tain­ing its ar­ma­ment pol­icy, se­cur­ing weapons from strate­gic al­lies, namely the United States of Amer­ica. First Deputy Prime and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Ha­mad AlSabah has said that Kuwait’s mil­i­tary pro­cure­ments from the US ex­ceeded $25 bil­lion and has af­firmed that the sides have been ne­go­ti­at­ing on fur­ther deals, worth $11 bil­lion. Jar­al­lah noted that Kuwait had en­acted laws in­tended to dry up fi­nan­cial re­sources of the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions and has made head­ways in mon­i­tor­ing char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah speaks to re­porters af­ter a meet­ing of the Counter-IS Fi­nance Group (CIFG) yes­ter­day. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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