At­tack on Makkah pro­vokes Mus­lims’ feel­ings: Jar­al­lah

Kuwait hopes Le­banese Pres­i­dent elec­tion paves way for sta­bil­ity

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Kuwait on Mon­day said Houthis’ fir­ing of a long-range mis­sile against the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Ara­bia, was a “provo­ca­tion of feel­ings of Mus­lims.” This act “is a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to the will of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and all ef­forts aimed at reach­ing a peace­ful so­lu­tion that guar­an­teed se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity for the Ye­meni peo­ple,” Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah told re­porters on side­lines of a re­cep­tion held by the Ger­man Em­bassy mark­ing the na­tional day. The Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion’s (OIC) Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee would hold a meet­ing to dis­cuss Houthis’ at­tack on Makkah, which brought con­dem­na­tion from Arab and Is­lamic coun­tries.

Jar­al­lah said Kuwait would par­tic­i­pate in the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ing, call­ing upon all coun­tries around the world to con­demn the at­tack. He said UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral en­voy to Ye­men Is­mail Ould Sheikh Ah­mad was man­dated with con­tact­ing all Ye­meni par­ties to cre­ate a com­mon ground. He said Kuwait was ready to host the sig­na­ture of a peace agree­ment in Ye­men. Kuwait hosted UN-spon­sored Ye­meni talks be­tween April 21 and Au­gust 6, but no agree­ment was reached.

On ties with Ger­many, Jar­al­lah cited first Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah’s re­cent suc­cess­ful visit to Ber­lin. “We are look­ing for fur­ther pro­mot­ing re­la­tions with Ger­many at all lev­els, and we must not for­get that Ger­many is an eco­nomic strate­gic part­ner and there are huge Kuwaiti in­vest­ment there,” he said. Jar­al­lah said Kuwait and Ger­many were co­or­di­nat­ing ef­forts against ter­ror­ism.

Mean­while, Jar­al­lah ex­pressed hope that the elec­tion of Michel Aoun as Pres­i­dent of Le­banon would pave way for sta­bil­ity for Le­banon and its peo­ple. “We have fol­lowed the his­toric par­lia­men­tary ses­sion in Le­banon, and fol­lowed the vot­ing process to elect his ex­cel­lency the Pres­i­dent,” he told re­porters as he con­grat­u­lated the Le­banese peo­ple for the elec­tion of Aoun, end­ing two years of pres­i­dency vacuum. The Le­banese par­lia­ment has elected Aoun with 83 MPs in fa­vor while 36 ab­stained and seven bal­lots were in­valid. —KUNA

Higher of­fi­cials, diplo­mats and other dig­ni­taries at­tended the event.

KUWAIT: (From left) Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled AlJar­al­lah, Ger­man Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Karl­fried Bergner and the am­bas­sador’s spouse cut the cake at a cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate Ger­many’s na­tional day. —Pho­tos by Joseph Sha­gra

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