Speaker back home af­ter at­tend­ing AIPU meet­ing

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly Mar­zouq AlGhanem re­turned to Kuwait yes­ter­day af­ter con­clud­ing his par­tic­i­pa­tion at an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing for the Arab In­ter-Par­lia­men­tary Union (AIPU). The AIPU meet­ing fo­cused on the re­cent Is­raeli vi­o­la­tions against Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The meet­ing called for the United Na­tions and the global com­mu­nity to stand firm against Is­rael, say­ing it was im­por­tant to pro­tect Mus­lim and Chris­tian holy sites in Jerusalem.

Ghanem had stated on Thurs­day that Kuwait would not sur­ren­der to “de­featist pro­pos­als” re­gard­ing the rights of Pales­tini­ans, and urged Is­lamic na­tions to come to the aid of Pales­tini­ans through diplo­matic means.

Kuwait’s chief law­maker made the com­ments dur­ing the ur­gent AIPU talks on Is­rael’s re­cent failed at­tempts to place metal de­tec­tors and sur­veil­lance cam­eras at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Is­rael re­moved the in­spec­tion mea­sures af­ter Palestinian wor­ship­pers in the hun­dreds de­clined to en­ter the holy site in protest of the move. Ghanem urged Arab law­mak­ers and politi­cians to bring up the topic at up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional meet­ings, call­ing Is­rael’s ac­tions a “bold and shock­ing as­sault” on one of Is­lam’s holi­est of sites.

Mean­while, he ex­pressed re­gret at what he deemed were at­tempts, amongst cer­tain Arab and Mus­lim coun­tries, to en­cour­age a sense of res­ig­na­tion to the is­sue of Pales­tine. “Here I ask the lan­guid and the de­trac­tors: Do we give up on all other forms of sup­port for the Palestinian peo­ple, merely be­cause we are un­able to come to their aid with weapons?,” he said.—KUNA

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