Kuwait to take Arab action to new horizons in UNSC: Jarallah
Arab FMs welcome Kuwait’s hosting of Iraq conference
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.
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.
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