Amir urges law­mak­ers to safe­guard na­tional unity

MPs briefed on Ab­daly cell, re­gional sit­u­a­tions

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KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has urged MPs to shoulder re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to­ward na­tional unity, ab­stain from med­dling in Kuwait’s ties with re­gional states and sup­port the state’s me­di­a­tion to re­solve the Gulf cri­sis, the Na­tional As­sem­bly speaker an­nounced yes­ter­day. Mar­zouq Ali Al-Ghanem, speak­ing to re­porters fol­low­ing a sched­uled meet­ing with MPs and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials at the par­lia­ment bureau, said he con­veyed a letter from HH the Amir to the leg­is­la­tors dur­ing “the very pos­i­tive meet­ing” at­tended by five min­is­ters and 28 deputies.

“I pre­sented to the meet­ing the mes­sage from His High­ness the Amir in which he sig­naled the crit­i­cal and ex­tra­or­di­nary re­gional cir­cum­stances,” he said, em­pha­siz­ing that the MPs must shoulder their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and re­frain from get­ting in­volved in Kuwait’s ex­ter­nal ties with re­gional states. The Amir, Ghanem added, urged law­mak­ers to shoulder the na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity of safe­guard­ing na­tional unity and ab­stain­ing from ac­tion that might cause dis­ar­ray among the peo­ple. A lot of in­for­ma­tion can nei­ther be pub­li­cized nor ex­plained to the pub­lic, “how­ever His High­ness is well aware of the haz­ards and fears pre­oc­cu­py­ing MPs and the Kuwaiti peo­ple,” he said.

In re­sponse, the As­sem­bly mem­bers af­firmed their com­mit­ment to pre­serv­ing the so­ci­ety’s unity and pledged not to make in­flam­ma­tory state­ments. The speaker ex­pressed pride of the Kuwaiti peo­ple who en­joy sig­nif­i­cant free­doms and democ­racy, “yet dur­ing hard times, we close ranks be­hind our po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship”.

Ghanem added that First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Ha­mad AlSabah spoke about re­gional is­sues and Kuwait’s me­di­a­tion among GCC coun­tries, hop­ing that HH the Amir’s ef­forts would re­sult in tack­ling the in­ter-GCC rift.

The meet­ing dealt with other is­sues, namely the so­called Ab­daly cell case, state se­cu­rity, pub­lic fund cases, mea­sures by the in­te­rior min­istry to bring to jus­tice those charged, the cor­rupt and traitors, “with em­pha­sis that ju­di­cial rules be the ba­sis for de­ter­min­ing the truth and the law be ap­plied lit­er­ally and justly”.

Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said the meet­ing was “very pos­i­tive and fruit­ful”. The ses­sion fo­cused on re­gional sit­u­a­tions, mea­sures taken against the Ab­daly cell and ac­tion against fugi­tives from jus­tice in this case, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad, who dou­bles as Act­ing Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, told re­porters. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the gov­ern­ment briefed deputies on all de­tails it had re­gard­ing such mat­ters, the min­is­ter said. Sheikh Mo­ham­mad thanked the deputies for their high spir­its which helped in the suc­cess of the meet­ing, hop­ing that pa­tri­otic sen­ti­ments would pre­vail and that Kuwait’s se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity would be main­tained. — KUNA

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: (From left) De­fense Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah and Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem at­tend an emer­gency meet­ing yes­ter­day.

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