Kuwait sup­ports Mideast’s peace ef­fort, sta­bil­ity

Arab League chief urges end to Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion

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Kuwait has re­it­er­ated its sup­port­ive stance to all in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to find peaceful so­lu­tions to the di­verse Mid­dle East crises and civil con­flicts. Kuwait sup­ports all in­ter­na­tional ef­forts that were lay­ing the foun­da­tion for se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion, Kuwaiti Diplo­mat Haya Al-Du­raie said in a spe­cial ses­sion held on the sit­u­a­tion in Mid­dle East as a part of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly’s 71st ses­sion. AlDu­raie, how­ever, lamented that the fal­ter­ing peace process con­tin­ued to present a dan­ger to the Mid­dle East. De­spite in­ter­na­tional calls on Is­rael to end its ex­pan­sion­ist poli­cies and vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights, those ac­tions con­tin­ued, she said.

She stressed Kuwait’s com­mit­ment to back Pales­tinian as­pi­ra­tions to es­tab­lish a state based on pre-1967 bor­ders with East Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal and also all mea­sures that had been car­ried out by Le­banon to pre­serve its sovereignty. On Syria, Al-Du­raie noted that the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in Syria con­tin­ued to be ex­tremely con­cern­ing and Syr­i­ans now con­sti­tuted the largest refugee pop­u­la­tion in the world. She ar­gued that the world could no longer ig­nore the sit­u­a­tion in Aleppo, where in­dis­crim­i­nate bom­bard­ments must end and vi­o­la­tors of in­ter­na­tional law must be brought to jus­tice.

The Syr­ian peo­ple had a right to peace and free­dom, she said, not­ing that Kuwait had hosted sev­eral in­ter­na­tional donor con­fer­ences and had pledged $1.3 bil­lion, which had been largely dis­persed to United Na­tions agen­cies. On Ye­men, she said ef­forts to reach a so­lu­tion must be based on the out­come of a na­tional di­a­logue, the Gulf Ini­tia­tive and rel­e­vant Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions. She re­jected any uni­lat­eral mea­sures in Ye­men to cre­ate a “Gov­ern­ment of sal­va­tion”. Turn­ing to other sit­u­a­tions in the re­gion, Al-Du­raie com­mended Iraq’s achieve­ments to com­bat the so-called Is­lamic State group and ex­pressed hope that a po­lit­i­cal agree­ment in Libya would help to sta­bi­lize that coun­try.

End to oc­cu­pa­tion

Mean­while, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the Arab League Ah­mad Abul-Gheit said that the Palestine ques­tion re­mains to be the cen­tral cause of the con­flicts in the Mid­dle East. To sta­bi­lize the re­gion the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity needs to fo­cus on end­ing the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion of the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries and pre­vent­ing for­eign in­ter­fer­ences in the do­mes­tic af­fairs of the Arab coun­tries, he stressed.

Abul-Gheit made the com­ments in a speech to the 2016 Rome Med Mediter­ranean Dia­logues be­ing held here. He lauded as a con­struc­tive the sug­ges­tion to build a new re­gional sys­tem in the Mediter­ranean re­gion, not­ing that the south­ern side of the Mediter­ranean as never been frag­mented as it to­day. Not only Iran, Tur­key and Is­rael, but some western pow­ers as well play neg­a­tive roles in the Arab coun­tries and in­ter­fere in their do­mes­tic af­fairs, he re­gret­ted.

The League chief blamed the growth of vi­o­lent ten­den­cies among the Arab youth on the con­tin­ued oc­cu­pa­tion of Arab ter­ri­to­ries by Is­rael. The 2016 Rome Med - Mediter­ranean Dia­logues is an an­nual high-level ini­tia­tive or­ga­nized by the Ital­ian Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion and ISPI (Ital­ian In­sti­tute for In­ter­na­tional Po­lit­i­cal Stud­ies). It aims to draft a “pos­i­tive agenda” for the Mediter­ranean re­gion by stim­u­lat­ing de­bate and new ideas, re­think­ing tra­di­tional ap­proaches and ad­dress­ing shared chal­lenges at both the re­gional and the in­ter­na­tional level.

Kuwaiti Diplo­mat Haya Al-Du­raie speaks at a spe­cial ses­sion held on the sit­u­a­tion in Mid­dle East as a part of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly’s 71st ses­sion in New York. —KUNA

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