Kuwait centre to boost regional security: NATO
Resolve Gulf crisis: Pompeo
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.”
“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.
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.