Govt com­mit­ted to trans­parency on state’s fi­nan­cial con­di­tions

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KUWAIT:

Kuwait’s Min­istry of Fi­nance Mon­day af­firmed com­plete com­mit­ment to trans­parency with re­gards to the state’s fi­nan­cial con­di­tions, say­ing it was ready to clar­ify all rel­e­vant queries. The min­istry said Deputy Premier and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Anas AlSaleh, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Kuwait In­vest­ment Au­thor­ity and min­istry of­fi­cials met with mem­bers of Kuwait Eco­nomic so­ci­ety, re­gard­ing the so­ci­ety’s state­ment over with­drawal from the gen­eral re­serve. The gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion clar­i­fied some is­sues in the so­ci­ety’s state­ment which were not re­ported in de­tails by the me­dia. The del­e­ga­tion thanked the so­ci­ety for its in­ter­est in fi­nan­cial is­sues.

Gulf cri­sis

Mean­while, the cabi­net met on Mon­day fol­low­ing Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s visit as the re­gion was wit­ness­ing a flurry of diplo­macy over the Gulf cri­sis. His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, who chaired the meet­ing at Bayan Palace, briefed the min­is­ters about Er­do­gan’s talks with His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, which dealt with re­gional and in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. Er­do­gan, who vis­ited Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait and Qatar, has re­it­er­ated sup­port for the mediation of Kuwait to solve the Gulf cri­sis.

Mean­while, First Deputy Premier and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah briefed the cabi­net about his re­cent visit to Egypt and his meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Ab­delfa­tah Al-Sisi, which dealt with co­or­di­na­tion and con­sul­ta­tions over re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues, notably how to ad­dress the Gulf cri­sis, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah AlSabah, Min­is­ter of State for Cabi­net Af­fairs and Act­ing In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter, said in a state­ment af­ter the cabi­net meet­ing. Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled re­it­er­ated Kuwait’s sup­port for Egypt’s fight against ter­ror­ism, and its poli­cies to main­tain se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity na­tion­wide. He also briefed the cabi­net about out­come of EU For­eign Pol­icy Chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini’s re­cent visit to Kuwait and her talks with His High­ness the Amir and the For­eign Min­is­ter, all re­gard­ing means of solv­ing the Gulf cri­sis.

On the other hand, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled talked about no­ti­fi­ca­tion sent to the Ira­nian Am­bas­sador to Kuwait to re­duce num­ber of diplo­mats, close all tech­ni­cal of­fices and freeze joint com­mit­tees. Deputy Premier and De­fense Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Khaled Al-Ha­mad AlSabah briefed the cabi­net about his rep­re­sen­ta­tion of His High­ness the Amir at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Egypt’s Mo­ham­mad Ne­jeeb Mil­i­tary Base, and his de­liv­ery of a let­ter from His High­ness the Amir to Al-Sisi.

Fi­nal state­ments

The cabi­net then ap­proved draft laws of fi­nal state­ments for 2016-17 fis­cal year for gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions, and re­ferred them to His High­ness the Amir. The min­is­ters, upon in­struc­tions of His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter, de­cided to re­fer to the State Au­dit Bureau (SAB) un­cer­tain­ties sur­round­ing fi­nal state­ments of some gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties in or­der to guar­an­tee trans­parency. The gov­ern­ment as­signed the tech­ni­cal au­thor­ity of the pri­va­ti­za­tion pro­gram to pre­pare le­gal en­vi­ron­ment for the pri­va­ti­za­tion of some state-owned fa­cil­i­ties. At the ex­ter­nal front, the cabi­net strongly con­demned the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion au­thor­i­ties’ se­cu­rity mea­sures in AlAqsa Mosque, and urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to put an end to the Is­raeli “crim­i­nal acts” to pave way for wor­ship­pers to pray in peace. The gov­ern­ment con­grat­u­lated Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Saeed of Oman on the na­tional day, and wel­comed the elec­tion of Ram Nath Kovind as the pres­i­dent of In­dia.

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

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