Gov­ern­ment pleased with steps to lift sports ban

Cab­i­net touts UNSC res­o­lu­tion against Is­raeli set­tle­ments

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KUWAIT: The Cab­i­net yes­ter­day lauded re­cent mea­sures that had been taken at the na­tional level to lift the ban on the sports sec­tor en­forced by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC). Dur­ing its weekly meet­ing, the Cab­i­net praised these mea­sures that had been taken in co­or­di­na­tion with the Na­tional Assem­bly, on the ba­sis of na­tional and con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, hop­ing that these ef­forts would re­sult in restor­ing the na­tional ac­tiv­i­ties in full and end­ing the com­pul­sory sus­pen­sion.

The Cab­i­net was ex­am­in­ing the steps taken by the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Sport (PAS) re­gard­ing the Par­lia­ment rec­om­men­da­tion for lift­ing the sus­pen­sion, in light of a pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing the meet­ing by the Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah.

Sheikh Sal­man, also the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, briefed the min­is­ters about PAS’ bill to over­haul the sports sec­tor. The pro­posed law, to be ex­am­ined by the par­lia­ment be­fore en­dorse­ment, urges for tem­po­rary lift of the sus­pen­sion. It is com­pat­i­ble with lat­est sports leg­is­la­tions, the Olympic Char­ter and does not con­tra­dict with the Con­sti­tu­tion or the State.

PAS had also called on FIFA and the IOC to dis­patch a del­e­ga­tion to Kuwait to dis­cuss the sports is­sue with the gov­ern­ment and the par­lia­ment, as a pre­lude to work­ing out “a con­sen­sus for­mula ac­cept­able by all the par­ties,” said Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak AlSabah, the Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs, read­ing the cab­i­net state­ment af­ter the meet­ing, held at Bayan Palace and chaired by His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber AlMubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah.

The sports au­thor­ity had ad­dressed the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion, the IOC and FIFA re­gard­ing these mea­sures. More­over, the au­thor­ity talked with the Ministry of For­eign Af­fairs on steps that could be taken by the Kuwaiti em­bassies, as well as the Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs on the new sports bill to set up a pub­lic au­thor­ity to com­bat dop­ing.

New Year

At the start of the ses­sion, the min­is­ters ad­dressed con­grat­u­la­tions to His High­ness the Amir and His High­ness the Crown Prince as well as the Kuwaiti peo­ple on the New Year. They also ex­tended good wishes to the Arab and Mus­lim na­tions. They ex­am­ined a joint mes­sage ad­dressed from the pres­i­dents of Mau­ri­tius and the United Mexican States, in their ca­pac­ity as chair­men of the UN team charged with wa­ter af­fairs, to His High­ness the Amir, al­lud­ing to the task plan en­dorsed last Septem­ber, urg­ing for a new full-scale ap­proach to ad­dress global wa­ter is­sues, in the hope of at­tain­ing the sixth goal of the 2030 sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment plan.

The Syr­ian cri­sis

The min­is­ters were briefed by the First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah on the ex­tra­or­di­nary min­is­te­rial Arab ses­sion, held last Mon­day, ad­dress­ing the Syr­ian is­sue, in ad­di­tion to the fourth Arab-Euro Min­is­te­rial Meet­ing, the spe­cial ses­sion of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mis­sion of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion, re­cently hosted by Jeddah, also to dis­cuss Syria namely the tragic sit­u­a­tion in Aleppo.

Sheikh Sabah Khaled urged the Syr­ian regime to stop mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions against the un­armed Syr­i­ans, call­ing on the UN to ac­ti­vate rel­e­vant res­o­lu­tions. More­over, the for­eign min­is­ter re­stated that the Syr­ian cri­sis could only be re­solved through negotiations, ac­cord­ing to rel­e­vant Geneva res­o­lu­tions and the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion 2254, vow­ing to spare no ef­fort in back­ing the Syr­ian peo­ple.

The min­is­ter in­formed his col­leagues about mea­sures that had pre­ceded re­lease of the two Kuwaitis who were de­tained in Iran, praising role of the Kuwaiti em­bassy in the Is­lamic Repub­lic and co­op­er­a­tion of the Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties that led to the speedy re­lease of the two cit­i­zens.

They also looked into a rec­om­men­da­tion by the util­ity com­mis­sion re­gard­ing preser­va­tion and prices of fresh food and ma­te­ri­als. The cab­i­net mourned demise of Mo­ham­mad AlMoush­erji, the for­mer min­is­ter of awqaf and Is­lamic af­fairs, ex­pressed con­do­lences to Ouai­han and Gu’ood fam­i­lies fol­low­ing the yacht ac­ci­dent on Satur­day that re­sulted in death of a num­ber of mem­bers from the two fam­i­lies.

Is­raeli set­tle­ments

Mean­while, the Cab­i­net com­mended a re­cent res­o­lu­tion by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) con­demn­ing Is­raeli set­tle­ments in oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries. The cab­i­net said in a state­ment is­sued fol­low­ing the meet­ing that Res­o­lu­tion 2334 came in har­mony with the UNSC’s his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity for main­tain­ing in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity, and em­bod­ied the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s stand based on the il­le­git­i­macy of Is­raeli set­tle­ments in Pales­tine.

It hoped that the fresh move would con­trib­ute to re­sum­ing the Mid­dle East peace process and pro­vid­ing a con­ge­nial at­mos­phere for es­tab­lish­ing a Pales­tinian state with Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal in line with rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional le­git­i­macy res­o­lu­tions and Arab Peace Ini­tia­tive. The cab­i­net fur­ther re­it­er­ated Kuwait’s sup­port to all ef­forts aim­ing to find a just and com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion to the Pales­tinian is­sue and putting an end to the suf­fer­ings of the Pales­tinian peo­ple.

Ter­ror­ist at­tacks

In the mean­time, the min­is­ters de­plored the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Berlin and Zurich as well as the burn­ing of two Turk­ish sol­diers alive. In this con­text, it ve­he­mently de­nounced these heinous ter­ror­ist crimes and all forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions of vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism, which tar­get in­no­cents and vi­o­late di­vine re­li­gions, eth­i­cal and hu­man prin­ci­ples, and val­ues as well as diplo­matic norms. It also reaf­firmed Kuwait’s call for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to step up ef­forts to wipe out in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism.


KUWAIT: His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah chairs the cab­i­netís weekly meet­ing yes­ter­day.

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