Kuwait to take Arab ac­tion to new hori­zons in UNSC: Jar­al­lah

Arab FMs wel­come Kuwait’s host­ing of Iraq con­fer­ence

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah stated that his coun­try’s non-per­ma­nent mem­ber­ship in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil would be a great chance to Kuwait to work on a larger scale to de­fend Arab causes. Speak­ing at the 148th reg­u­lar min­is­te­rial ses­sion of the Arab League Coun­cil in Cairo on Tues­day, Jar­al­lah said that the sit­u­a­tion in the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries and the un­rest in Syria, Ye­men, Libya and Iraq have be­come ma­jor in­ter­na­tional is­sues. How­ever, the Ira­nian in­ter­fer­ences in Arab do­mes­tic af­fairs and the ter­ror­ism are still rep­re­sent­ing se­ri­ous men­aces to se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of the Arab re­gion, Jar­al­lah lamented.

He thanked Arab coun­tries for their trust and sup­port to Kuwait’s elec­tion to the two-year term in the UNSC, which will start in Jan­uary 2018. He pledged that Kuwait would do all in power to best rep­re­sent Arab coun­tries and de­fend their in­ter­ests and causes as well as to ce­ment in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.

On the sit­u­a­tion in the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries, Jar­al­lah ex­pressed sym­pa­thy with Pales­tinian peo­ple over the con­tin­ued Is­raeli vi­o­la­tions. He stressed that Kuwait is com­mit­ted to push for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the UNSC No. 476 and 478 of 1980 and No. 2334 of 2016 which de­mand Is­rael, in its ca­pac­ity as an oc­cu­py­ing force, to stop its ag­gres­sions against the oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem and AlAqsa Mosque.

He pointed out that Kuwait would host an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on the suf­fer­ings of Pales­tinian chil­dren un­der the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion 12-13 Novem­ber, 2017. On the ef­forts to re­solve the six-year Syr­ian civil con­flict, the Kuwaiti of­fi­cial said that his coun­try backs the UN spe­cial en­voy to Syria’s ef­forts to bro­ker a com­pro­mise deal among war­ring par­ties that could pave the way for a po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion as per Geneva I con­fer­ence out­come.

He pointed out that the Arab re­gion is un­der­go­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian dis­as­ters due to the on­go­ing crises. “This sit­u­a­tion re­quires from us as we gather at this Arab house to con­tain and ad­dress th­ese crises,” he ar­gued.

Ye­meni cri­sis

On Ye­men, Jar­al­lah noted that the cri­sis there en­tered its fourth year amid a fail­ure to reach a peace­ful so­lu­tion to call a halt to the con­flict which tore the Arab coun­try apart. “To re­turn Ye­men to sta­tus quo ante, Ye­meni par­ties have to re­sume ne­go­ti­a­tions as soon as pos­si­ble to reach a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment with the le­git­i­mate govern­ment as per the UNSC res­o­lu­tions No. 2140 of 2014 and 2216 of 2015 and the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil ini­tia­tive and its ex­ec­u­tive mech­a­nisms,” he clar­i­fied.

On the re­cent de­vel­op­ments in Iraq, Jar­al­lah ex­pressed de­light for the Iraqi army vic­to­ries over the so­called Is­lamic State (IS) group and the lib­er­a­tion of all the ar­eas pre­vi­ously con­trolled by the ter­ror­ist group. He noted that His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah agreed on Kuwait’s host­ing of an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence for re­build­ing Iraqi cities af­fected by the ter­ror­ist acts.

Mean­while, Jar­al­lah stated that de­spite Kuwait’s ef­forts to cre­ate com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels for di­a­logue be­tween Ara­bian Gulf coun­tries and neigh­bor­ing Iran with a view to en­hanc­ing re­gional se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic con­tin­ued its in­ter­fer­ences in do­mes­tic Arab af­fairs.

“The re­gion’s coun­tries still suf­fer from th­ese in­ter­fer­ences, the lat­est of which took place in my coun­try in what is known as ‘Al-Ab­dali case’ which im­pacted Kuwait’s ef­forts to re­vive di­a­logue be­tween GCC states and Iran,” he said. He also re­it­er­ated his call to the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Iran to ac­cept in­ter­na­tional ar­bi­tra­tion to set­tle its dis­pute with the United Arab Emi­rates over the three UAE is­lands oc­cu­pied by its forces. Jar­al­lah warned against the grow­ing threat of ter­ror­ism. He reaf­firmed Kuwait’s full sup­port to the in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to rid the world of the evils of this scourge.

Re­build­ing Iraq

Arab For­eign Min­is­ters wel­comed Kuwait’s host­ing of an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence to re­build ar­eas in Iraq that were lib­er­ated from ter­ror­ists. His High­ness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah called Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haidar Al-Abadi fol­low­ing the lib­er­a­tion of Mo­sul, and of­fered to host the in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence, which Kuwait said might be held dur­ing the first quar­ter next year. The for­eign min­is­ters mean­while called on im­por­tance of sup­port­ing Arab gov­ern­ments, namely Iraq’s, to cope with grow­ing needs of dis­placed per­sons. They called for re­build­ing the lib­er­ated ar­eas in Iraq and to in­volve the pri­vate sec­tor un­til the re­turn of the dis­placed to their homes. They pro­posed an Arab League-spon­sored in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence to dis­cuss the in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons (IDPs) inside the Arab coun­tries. They ap­proved a plan to sup­port the IDPs in Arab coun­tries to im­prove their liv­ing con­di­tions. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah at­tends the 148th reg­u­lar min­is­te­rial ses­sion of the Arab League Coun­cil in Cairo. — KUNA

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