Kuwait cen­tre to boost re­gional se­cu­rity: NATO

Re­solve Gulf cri­sis: Pom­peo

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

BRUS­SELS, July 12, (KUNA): Lead­ers of the 29-mem­ber NATO af­firmed Wednes­day their com­mit­ment to strengthen ties with the six-mem­ber Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC).

“The NATO-ICI Re­gional Cen­tre in Kuwait al­lows us to work more closely with part­ners in the Gulf re­gion to en­hance re­gional se­cu­rity and counter shared threats,” said the Brus­sels Sum­mit Dec­la­ra­tion re­leased to­day.

“We are also work­ing to fur­ther de­velop our re­la­tions with the League of Arab States and the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil,” it un­der­lined.

“We are com­mit­ted to build­ing a stronger and more dy­namic re­la­tion­ship with our Mediter­ranean Di­a­logue and Istanbul Co­op­er­a­tion Ini­tia­tive (ICI) part­ners, in­clud­ing to help them mod­ernise their de­fence and se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions,” the Dec­la­ra­tion said.

The ICI was launched by NATO in 2004 to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with Gulf coun­tries. It in­cludes Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE. The Kuwait NATO-ICI Cen­tre was opened in Jan­uary 2017.

The EU lead­ers ex­pressed con­cern “by Iran’s in­ten­si­fied mis­sile tests and the range and pre­ci­sion of its bal­lis­tic missiles and by Iran’s desta­bil­is­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the wider Mid­dle East re­gion.”

Com­mit­ted

“We are com­mit­ted to per­ma­nently en­sur­ing that Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme re­mains peace­ful, in line with its in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions and com­mit­ments to never seek, de­velop, or ac­quire a nu­clear weapon. We un­der­score the im­por­tance for Iran to con­tinue to fully co­op­er­ate in a timely man­ner with the IAEA,” said the Dec­la­ra­tion.

“We con­demn all fi­nan­cial sup­port of ter­ror­ism, in­clud­ing Iran’s sup­port to a va­ri­ety of armed non­state ac­tors. We also call upon Iran to play a con­struc­tive role by con­tribut­ing to ef­forts to counter ter­ror­ism and achieve po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tions, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and peace in the re­gion,” it said.

The Dec­la­ra­tion also said that Syria has a sig­nif­i­cant in­ven­tory of short range bal­lis­tic missiles whose range cov­ers part of NATO’s ter­ri­tory and some of our part­ners’ ter­ri­to­ries. Syria has used these missiles ex­ten­sively against its own pop­u­la­tion, it noted.

Mean­while, the US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo seeks to per­suade the Gulf lead­ers to re­solve the Gulf cri­sis to re­store eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial re­la­tions be­tween Doha and Tehran, which might open av­enues for Tehran to come out of the US sanc­tions to be en­forced in phases in July and Novem­ber 2018 re­spec­tively, re­ports Al-Rai daily quot­ing Wash­ing­ton sources.

Pom­peo is re­ported to have said Kuwaiti ef­forts might yield a last­ing so­lu­tion to pre­serve dig­nity among all par­ties in­volved. Ear­lier, he vis­ited the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) and met the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the Army Sheikh Muham­mad Bin Zayed along­side sev­eral other se­nior Emi­rati of­fi­cials.

It is wor­thy of note that com­modi­ties ex­ported to Doha by Iran reached an un­prece­dented $75 mil­lion record as at the end of the first quar­ter of this year.

KUNA photo

Kuwait En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Author­ity (EPA) won the out­stand­ing achieve­ment award in Geo­graphic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GIS) for the year 2018, for its en­vi­ron­men­tal in­for­ma­tion sys­tem (eMISK), it was an­nounced Wednes­day. The an­nounce­ment came dur­ing an award cer­e­mony as part of (ESRI) users con­fer­ence held cur­rently in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, USA.

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