Cabi­net urges UNSC to stop Syria ‘geno­cides’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The Kuwaiti Cabi­net has called on the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) to in­ter­vene promptly and stop the “geno­cides per­pe­trated against the Syr­ian peo­ple.” The cabi­net, dur­ing its cus­tom­ary weekly meet­ing yes­ter­day, also ex­pressed grat­i­tude to all those who have con­trib­uted to the re­lief cam­paigns for Syria, voiced re­lief at im­prove­ment of His High­ness the Amir’s health, con­demned the ter­ror­ist at­tack in Jor­dan, the lat­est bomb­ing in Turkey, con­grat­u­lated Qatar on the Na­tional Day and Le­banon on the new gov­ern­ment.

In a state­ment af­ter the weekly ses­sion, Min­is­ter of State for Cabi­net Af­fairs Sheikh Mohammad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah stated that the min­is­ters af­firmed sol­i­dar­ity of the Kuwaiti peo­ple be­hind the saga­cious lead­er­ship in fac­ing in­jus­tice and the ap­proach to end the hard­ships suf­fered by the Syr­ian peo­ple.

The Cabi­net, Sheikh Mohammad Ab­dul­lah said, called on the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to in­ter­vene im­me­di­ately to halt the “geno­cides per­pe­trated against the Syr­ian peo­ple.” He stated, “The Cabi­net has fol­lowed up with deep con­cern on the re­gret­ful sit­u­a­tion in the Syr­ian city of Aleppo, con­demn­ing the bru­tal op­er­a­tions and the mas­sacres com­mit­ted by the regime against the un­armed res­i­dents and the in­no­cents.

“The Cabi­net ex­presses grat­i­tude to the faith­ful Kuwaiti peo­ple for in­ter­act­ing with the fundrais­ing cam­paigns, un­der­taken by the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion, Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety and re­lief so­ci­eties, as a con­tri­bu­tion to end­ing the in­jus­tice suf­fered by the broth­erly Syr­ian peo­ple.

“The Cabi­net af­firms ne­ces­sity of the Kuwaiti peo­ple’s sol­i­dar­ity, bol­ster­ing na­tional unity and stand­ing in one line be­hind the wise lead­er­ship in fac­ing the in­jus­tice and the hard­ships of the Syr­ian peo­ple .. and the Coun­cil urges the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to in­ter­vene im­me­di­ately to halt the geno­cides against the broth­erly Syr­ian peo­ple.”

At start of the ses­sion, Min­is­ter Sheikh Mohammad Ab­dul­lah said, the min­is­ters ex­pressed re­lief at im­prove­ment of His High­ness the Amir’s health following the set­back he suf­fered last week, im­plor­ing His Almighty to be­stow upon him last­ing health and long life so he may con­tinue serv­ing the coun­try.

Sus­tain­able devel­op­ment

The Cabi­net ex­am­ined the gov­ern­ment ac­tion plan for the 15th leg­isla­tive term (20162017 and 2019-2020), themed “to­ward sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.” They were briefed by Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and Min­is­ter of State for Eco­nomic Af­fairs Hind Al-Subaih, who ex­plained that the pro­gram was worked out in light of His High­ness the Amir’s Ad­dress at the par­lia­ment in­au­gu­ra­tion ses­sion. She noted that the gov­ern­ment ac­tion plan is in har­mony with sus­tain­able devel­op­ment ob­jec­tives, en­dorsed by the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly for the com­ing 15 years.

Pri­or­i­ties out­lined in the scheme, the min­is­ter said, in­clude public fi­nance sus­tain­abil­ity, pri­va­ti­za­tion pro­gram, role of the pri­vate sec­tor, de­vel­op­ing small and medium en­ter­prise, or­ga­niz­ing the la­bor mar­ket, set­ting up a so­cial se­cu­rity sys­tem, re­vamp­ing ed­u­ca­tion, health ser­vices, in­fras­truc­ture, in­for­mat­ics, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, eco­nomic know-how, cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, en­vi­ron­ment and re­new­able en­ergy.

This strat­egy is to be ex­e­cuted, Min­is­ter Subaih added, in light of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional cir­cum­stances. More­over, the gov­ern­ment will carry out full-scale re­form schemes. Such an ap­proach would re­quire co­op­er­a­tion on part of the Na­tional As­sem­bly, and the other “part­ners” in the devel­op­ment process; namely public and pri­vate en­ti­ties and NGOs.

Let­ters to Amir

The min­is­ters, in the be­gin­ning of the ses­sion, ex­am­ined let­ters ad­dressed to His High­ness the Amir from the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon on his man­date’s con­clu­sion, ex­press­ing deep grat­i­tude to the State of Kuwait for boost­ing the “part­ner­ship” with the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion. Ban, in the se­cond mes­sage, ex­pressed ea­ger­ness to see greater role by Kuwait in tech­no­log­i­cal sec­tor.

They also ex­am­ined a mes­sage to His High­ness from the Aus­tralian premier, ex­press­ing de­sire to bol­ster ties and laud­ing the Gov­ern­ment of Kuwait’s do­na­tion to build­ing a mosque and a cen­ter af­ter the name of the late Sheikh Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in Aus­tralian cap­i­tal. They were briefed about a mes­sage from the Jor­da­nian king to His High­ness the Premier, invit­ing His High­ness to par­take in the world eco­nomic fo­rum due in the Dead Sea in May, 2017.

Mean­while, First Deputy Premier and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad AlSabah in­formed the ex­ec­u­tives about the talks he held with the British Min­is­ter of Mid­dle East and North African Af­fairs To­bias Ell­wood dur­ing the lat­ter’s visit to the coun­try-dur­ing which an agree­ment was for crim­i­nals’ ex­tra­di­tion was inked.

The Cabi­net con­demned the ter­ror­ist at­tack in Karak, Jor­dan, the bomb­ing that tar­geted mil­i­tary troops in Turkey, con­grat­u­lated Qatar on the Na­tional Day and Le­banon on form­ing a new gov­ern­ment. —KUNA

KUWAIT: His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah chairs the Cabi­net’s meet­ing yes­ter­day. —KUNA

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