GCC Cham­bers re­ject JASTA

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

The Fed­er­a­tion of Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil Cham­bers (FGCCC) heav­ily crit­i­cized the Jus­tice against Spon­sors of Ter­ror­ism Act (JASTA) which was passed by the US Congress ear­lier this year. “Such leg­isla­tive ter­ror­ism should not only be met with crit­i­cism and an­gry re­ac­tions, but also with plan­ning for cal­cu­lated steps and ac­tive diplo­macy, cre­at­ing a wide pub­lic re­la­tions net­work and form­ing a spe­cial­ized work team that seeks aid from in­ter­na­tional le­gal com­pa­nies and houses in­side and out­side the United States,” said FGCCC Chair­man Ali Al-Ghanem. Call­ing the ar­gu­ments based on which the law was en­acted as ‘con­tra­dict­ing,’ Ghanem in­di­cated that all coun­tries were af­fected by ter­ror­ist ac­tions, in­clud­ing GCC coun­tries and Saudi Ara­bia in spe­cific. He added that the law would af­fect US eco­nomic in­ter­ests “and tril­lions of dol­lars that for­eign coun­tries in­vest in­side Amer­ica.” — Al-Rai

GCC rail­way project

The es­ti­mated cost of build­ing a rail­way in Kuwait as part of the GCC rail­way project varies be­tween KD 900 mil­lion and KD 1 bil­lion, ac­cord­ing to a study car­ried out by Ernst and Young and pre­sented re­cently to the Kuwait Au­thor­ity for Part­ner­ship Projects (KAPP). The $19 bil­lion project is planned to ex­tend to up to 1,940 kilo­me­ters across all GCC states, in­clud­ing 145 kilo­me­ters in Kuwait. KAPP is still yet to re­ceive of­fers re­gard­ing the project as it waits for re­mov­ing ob­sta­cles stand­ing in front of the projects in­clud­ing more than 30 farms that have to be re­moved to make way for the tracks. — Al-Rai

Cit­i­zen­ship re­in­state­ment

A num­ber of MPs dis­cussed an ini­tia­tive to form a team that dis­cusses find­ing an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion with the gov­ern­ment to re­turn cit­i­zen­ships of peo­ple whose na­tion­al­i­ties were with­drawn. The re­in­state­ment would come through a de­ci­sion re­leased by the cabi­net, sources said, adding that steps are on­go­ing to launch this ini­tia­tive to “end the suf­fer­ing of those af­fected as soon as pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially since their sit­u­a­tion is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.” — Al-Rai

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