Kuwait yet to send GCC Sum­mit in­vites: Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter

Co­or­di­na­tion with Iran to re­lease de­tained Kuwaiti

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KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah re­vealed yes­ter­day that Kuwait has not yet sent in­vi­ta­tions for the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil Sum­mit of lead­ers due to be held in Kuwait this De­cem­ber. He told re­porters at a lec­ture in Saud Al-Nasser Al-Sabah Diplo­matic In­sti­tute that it was “too early to dis­cuss these in­vi­ta­tions and send them” to Gulf lead­ers. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal and Arab me­dia re­ports, the in­vi­ta­tions are set to be dis­patched early De­cem­ber.

Mean­while, Jar­al­lah said that the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs is still co­or­di­nat­ing with Iran on the is­sue of the de­tained Kuwaiti na­tional Faleh Al-Azmi, adding that dia­logue was still on­go­ing. Kuwait is keen on re­solv­ing this is­sue with Tehran and it is con­tin­u­ing to follow up on the case, he said. The Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties have ar­rested Azmi after he mis­tak­enly en­tered a mil­i­tary zone lo­cated on the bor­ders be­tween Iran and Turkey. Azmi, who was abroad, was mak­ing his way back to Kuwait.

Donors’ con­fer­ence

In the mean­time, Jar­al­lah in­di­cated that Kuwait’s prepa­ra­tions to host a donors’ con­fer­ence for the re­con­struc­tion of Iraqi ar­eas lib­er­ated from the so-called Is­lamic State (IS) are run­ning steadily and smoothly. “Kuwait is in con­stant con­tact with the Iraqi gov­ern­ment and the World Bank in this re­gard,” he told re­porters. “The Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment seeks to pro­vide a clear-cut frame­work and set of ob­jec­tives for the con­fer­ence,” he added. His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah had an­nounced the plans dur­ing a tele­phone call with Iraqi Pres­i­dent Haidar Al-Abadi in July.

Hu­man rights

Kuwait deems hu­man rights is­sues as the core of con­cern and a key in­di­ca­tor of any civ­i­liza­tion’s ad­vance­ment, Jar­al­lah said in a speech dur­ing a lec­ture hosted by the for­eign min­istry, deal­ing with the cor­re­la­tion be­tween sus­tained de­vel­op­ment and hu­man rights. Jar­al­lah spoke of “dili­gent ef­forts to re­in­force hu­man rights as an es­sen­tial ele­ment of sus­tained de­vel­op­ment.” He pointed out that Kuwait is due to present its na­tional re­port on hu­man rights be­fore the United Na­tions shortly. “Kuwait is inch­ing closer to­wards ful­fill­ing His High­ness the Amir’s vi­sion of transforming Kuwait into a fi­nan­cial and com­mer­cial pow­er­house,” Jar­al­lah added. He out­lined var­i­ous ini­tia­tives Kuwait has taken to en­sure that the afore­men­tioned vi­sion comes to fruition, in­clud­ing a slew of plans ger­mane to sus­tained de­vel­op­ment. Mean­while, as­sis­tant for­eign min­is­ter for de­vel­op­ment af­fairs and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion Nasser Al-Sabeeh noted that the lec­ture was part of the coun­try’s plan for sus­tained de­vel­op­ment. He stressed that sus­tained de­vel­op­ment can only oc­cur with co­op­er­a­tion across the board, where all seg­ments of so­ci­ety are equally in­volved.

Plans un­der­way to host Iraq donors’ con­fer­ence

— KUNA

KUWAIT: Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah speaks dur­ing a lec­ture hosted in the Saud Al-Nasser AlSabah Diplo­matic In­sti­tute.

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