MP Ja­maan Al-Har­bash speaks dur­ing the rally. Prom­i­nent cleric Mo­ham­mad Al-Awadhi speaks dur­ing the rally. MP Ham­dan Al-Azmi speaks dur­ing the rally. Kuwait urges Se­cu­rity Coun­cil be re­spon­si­ble to­ward Aleppo

State calls for emer­gency Arab meet­ing

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The State of Kuwait yes­ter­day called on the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) to shoul­der “its historic re­spon­si­bil­ity and stop the blood shed­ding” in the embattled Syr­ian city of Aleppo. The State of Kuwait, which has fol­lowed up “with deep con­cern and pain, the tragic con­di­tions ex­pe­ri­enced by the Syr­ian brethren in Aleppo, has called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, namely the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, to shoul­der the historic re­spon­si­bil­ity and halt the blood-let­ting, pro­tect the civil­ians and dis­patch hu­man­i­tar­ian aid into the city,” said an of­fi­cial source of the Kuwaiti Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs in a state­ment.

Kuwait calls on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to re­spond to the ex­erted ef­forts by the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Qatar and Tur­key and hold the ex­tra­or­di­nary and emer­gency ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion in Syria, the of­fi­cial source added.

Kuwait, in line with its Arab and Is­lamic re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, which has called for an emer­gency ses­sion of the Arab League Min­is­te­rial Coun­cil, has also urged for an ur­gent meet­ing at the Is­lamic level to dis­cuss the tragic devel­op­ments in Aleppo.

As part of these ef­forts, First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah has called the chiefs of the GCC, the Arab League and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion, coun­ter­parts in Arab and Is­lamic na­tions, urg­ing them to re­sponse to the call for hold­ing the emer­gency meet­ings.

Mean­while, Kuwait called for hold­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary Arab min­is­te­rial meet­ing next Mon­day to dis­cuss the “tragic con­di­tions” in the war-bat­tered Syr­ian city of Aleppo. Am­bas­sador Ah­mad Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Bakr, the State of Kuwait Per­ma­nent Del­e­gate to the Arab League, said in a state­ment that Kuwait re­quested ear­lier yes­ter­day hold­ing an ir­reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Arab for­eign min­is­ters to dis­cuss the cur­rent dan­ger­ous con­di­tions in shadow of the ag­gra­vat­ing tragic sit­u­a­tion in the city of Aleppo.

Cur­rent con­sul­ta­tions are in­volv­ing Kuwait, the Arab League Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat and Tu­nisia, the cur­rent chair of the Arab League Coun­cil. The Arab League Coun­cil is due to hold an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing at the del­e­gates’ level to­day in re­sponse to a request by Qatar-backed by other Arab states-to dis­cuss the cat­a­strophic con­di­tions in Aleppo.

Phone calls

In the mean­time, Qatari For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man AlThani dis­cussed Tues­day, via phone, with Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah and Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu re­cent devel­op­ments in Aleppo.

Dur­ing the two phone calls, they re­viewed the wors­en­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in the Syr­ian city of Aleppo as a re­sult of the bru­tal shelling by the regime and its mili­tias. They also touched upon means to in­ten­sify in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to stop mas­sacres and gross vi­o­la­tions against the Syr­ian peo­ple, to take out civil­ians through safe hu­man­i­tar­ian cor­ri­dors, and to en­sure the de­liv­ery of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to the trapped peo­ple. —KUNA

KUWAIT: Kuwaitis hold plac­ards dur­ing a demon­stra­tion out­side the Russian em­bassy to con­demn Moscow’s sup­port for the Syr­ian regime be­sieg­ing rebel-held Aleppo yes­ter­day in Kuwait City. Car­ry­ing ban­ners say­ing “Stop crimes” and “Save Aleppo,” around 2,000 demon­stra­tors marched on the diplo­matic com­pound hous­ing the em­bassy in Kuwait City. —Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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