Kuwait voices back­ing for Ye­men

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BRUS­SELS, Feb 13, (KUNA): Kuwait Thurs­day reaf­firmed its co­op­er­a­tion to sup­port the sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment in Ye­men and to sup­port the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in the wartorn coun­try.

The role of the State of Kuwait in sup­port­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in Ye­men, un­der the di­rec­tives of His High­ness the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, is pro­vid­ing urgent and emergency hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of the broth­erly Yemeni people, Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to Bel­gium, Jasem Al-Bu­daiwi said in a state­ment.

Al-Bu­daiwi, also Am­bas­sador to NATO and the EU, noted in a meet­ing for donors to Ye­men that the works of this First Se­nior Of­fi­cials’ Meet­ing on the Hu­man­i­tar­ian Sit­u­a­tion in Ye­men to­day comes in light of the per­sis­tent po­lit­i­cal and hu­man­i­tar­ian cir­cum­stances and the se­ri­ous se­cu­rity chal­lenges that the re­gion and the world are going through.

He re­ferred to the ef­forts of the State of Kuwait to sup­port in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal ef­forts to achieve se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in Ye­men.

“In 2016 my coun­try, Kuwait, hosted Yemeni peace con­sul­ta­tions for more than 100 days to push for a solution. Kuwait con­tin­u­ally ex­presses its will­ing­ness to host such con­sul­ta­tions in case there is a de­sire by the Yemeni par­ties to find a com­pro­mise and set­tle on a po­lit­i­cal solution,” he said.

Kuwait has re­peat­edly stressed the im­por­tance of find­ing a po­lit­i­cal solution, as it is the only solution to the Yemeni is­sue.

“I would also like to point out the im­por­tance of the fol­low­ing pil­lars in achiev­ing a po­lit­i­cal solution: GCC Ini­tia­tive, The out­comes of the Na­tional Di­a­logue, Se­cu­rity Council Res­o­lu­tion 2216 and The Stock­holm Agree­ment,” he said.

In ad­di­tion, the State of Kuwait, in 2018, pro­vided lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port to the Houthis by trans­fer­ring them to Stock­holm so they may par­tic­i­pate in peace con­sul­ta­tions.

“Sup­port­ing Ye­men is im­per­a­tive to over­com­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis whereas Kuwait truly be­lieves that only a po­lit­i­cal solution will solve this cri­sis,” he stressed.

Al-Bu­daiwi said Kuwait re­cently pro­vided $250 mil­lion dur­ing the United Na­tions Hu­man­i­tar­ian Re­sponse Con­fer­ence that was held in Geneva on Feb 26, 2019. In ad­di­tion, $11 mil­lion was do­nated to sup­port the ICRC’s hu­man­i­tar­ian re­sponse in Ye­men, on Sept 28, 2019.

He pointed out that Kuwait has also sup­ported the Yemeni people by send­ing med­i­cal teams which are cur­rently con­duct­ing field vis­its in Aden in order to pro­vide health re­lief and per­form sur­gi­cal op­er­a­tions par­tic­u­larly eye re­lated surg­eries.

Kuwait has also opened a med­i­cal camp for chil­dren with con­gen­i­tal anom­alies, and ini­ti­ated a fleet of mo­bile med­i­cal ve­hi­cles, as part of the Kuwait cam­paign

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has coor­ga­nized, with the Swedish gov­ern­ment, the meet­ing on the press­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in Ye­men.

The aim of the meet­ing is to bring to­gether in­ter­na­tional donors and aid agen­cies to dis­cuss mea­sures to im­prove and ad­dress the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment and work­ing con­di­tions of hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions in Ye­men, said a Euro­pean Com­mis­sion press re­lease.

On this oc­ca­sion, EU Com­mis­sioner for Cri­sis Man­age­ment, Janez Le­nar­cic, said, “Ye­men is the world’s big­gest hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

With­out se­cure ac­cess to aid, mil­lions of lives are at stake. The par­ties to the con­flict must uphold In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Law and guar­an­tee safe and unim­peded ac­cess to hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

KUNA photo

Am­bas­sador Jasem Al-Bu­daiwi mak­ing a state­ment on Ye­men on be­half of Kuwait.

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