Kuwait signs $500,000 deal for Ye­men wa­ter project

‘Kuwait by Your Side’ cam­paign

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

RIYADH: The “Kuwait by Your Side” cam­paign has signed a $500,000 agree­ment to carry out the first phase of a project for the treat­ment of a wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem in the south­ern Ye­meni gov­er­norate of Shab­wah. The project fo­cuses on AlShubaika wa­ter sup­ply plant which pro­vides wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion to the gov­er­norate’s cen­tre and sur­round­ing ar­eas, read a state­ment by the Kuwait-Ye­meni re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is funding the deal. Its first phase will aim to treat four wa­ter wells at the plant within a two-week dead­line, added the Kuwaiti state-funded re­lief body which in­cludes sev­eral as­so­ci­a­tions aim­ing to de­liver aid to the Ye­meni peo­ple.

Mean­while, Ye­meni of­fi­cials at the gov­er­norate ex­tolled Kuwait’s firm stance in sup­port of Ye­men amid var­i­ous cir­cum­stances and pe­ri­ods, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, For his part, the Gov­er­nor of Shab­wah ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for Kuwait’s con­tin­ued sup­port across dif­fer­ent fields, mainly in devel­op­ment and re­lief. This re­flects the depth of re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries and their peo­ples, said the of­fi­cial.

Mean­while, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Kuwaiti-Ye­meni re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tion Tareq Raji Lak­man said the project’s sec­ond phase aims to in­stall equip­ment and op­er­ate wa­ter pump­ing units. As a whole, the Kuwaiti-funded cam­paign is pur­su­ing ur­gent re­lief work in Ye­men across the sec­tors of food, wa­ter, ed­u­ca­tion and health­care.

Mosque re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

In an­other devel­op­ment, Kuwait has do­nated one mil­lion dol­lars for the Tu­nisian Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs to rehabilitate and ren­o­vate the his­tor­i­cal ElZay­tuna Mosque in Tu­nis. Kuwait Am­bas­sador to Tu­nisia Ali Al-Thafiri handed a check of the do­na­tion to Tu­nisian Min­is­ter of Re­li­gious Af­fairs Ah­mad Azoum dur­ing their meet­ing on Thurs­day where they dis­cussed co­op­er­a­tion in re­li­gious af­fairs. The Tu­nisian min­is­ter wel­comed the con­tri­bu­tion as a land­mark event in his­tory of the ex­em­plary re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, Am­bas­sador Al-Thafiri said fol­low­ing the meet­ing.

The do­na­tion signals Kuwait’s keen­ness on con­serv­ing the Is­lamic her­itage in Tu­nisia, he quoted the min­is­ter as say­ing. Azoum noted that he plans to in­vite the Kuwaiti Min­is­ter of Awqaf and Is­lamic Af­fairs Mo­ham­mad Al-Jabri to visit Tu­nisia to re­view the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the bi­lat­eral agree­ment on re­li­gious co­op­er­a­tion signed in 2010. El-Zay­tuna is the old­est mosque in the cap­i­tal city of Tu­nis; it cov­ers an area of 5,000 sq. me­ters and has nine en­trances and 160 au­then­tic col­umns brought from the ru­ins of the old city of Carthage. — Agen­cies

TU­NIS: Kuwait Am­bas­sador to Tu­nisia Ali Al-Thafiri holds talks with Tu­nisian Min­is­ter of Re­li­gious Af­fairs Ah­mad Azoum. — KUNA

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