Kuwait con­veyed mes­sages from Iran to Saudi, Bahrain

Jar­al­lah: Ha­jraf nom­i­nated for GCC chief • Kuwait pro­tects ex­pats’ rights

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KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled AlJar­al­lah said on Tues­day that Kuwait con­veyed mes­sages from Iran to Saudi Ara­bia and Bahrain re­gard­ing the sit­u­a­tion in the Gulf re­gion, and “un­til now no an­swers have emerged”. The Ira­nian for­eign min­istry had said last month that Iran is pre­pared to hold talks with re­gional ri­val Saudi Ara­bia, “with or with­out the help of a me­di­a­tor”. Saudi Ara­bia, which is locked in sev­eral proxy wars in the re­gion with Iran, has blamed Tehran for at­tacks on Saudi oil plants on Sept 14, a charge Iran de­nies. The king­dom has said it prefers a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to a mil­i­tary one.

Jar­al­lah said that pos­i­tive con­sul­ta­tions with Saudi Ara­bia re­gard­ing the Neu­tral Zone are con­tin­u­ing, and “they are look­ing for­ward to the fi­nal sign­ing as soon as pos­si­ble”. The two coun­tries halted out­put from the jointly run oil­fields in the so-called Neu­tral Zone more than three years ago, cut­ting some 500,000 bar­rels per day or 0.5 per­cent of global oil sup­ply.

Jar­al­lah also an­nounced that Kuwait has in­formed the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) mem­ber states that former fi­nance min­is­ter Nayef Al-Ha­jraf is its nom­i­nee for the post of GCC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral. “We hope that the com­ing GCC sum­mit will ap­prove Dr Ha­jraf’s nom­i­na­tion,” he told re­porters dur­ing a cer­e­mony held by Ger­man Em­bassy in Kuwait on Tues­day evening to mark the na­tional day of Ger­many.

Jar­al­lah af­firmed Kuwait’s com­mit­ment to build­ing on the achieve­ments made in the GCC march of joint ac­tion. He ex­pressed Kuwait’s con­fi­dence in Ha­jraf’s abil­ity to pro­mote the GCC’s role in meet­ing the as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple of its mem­ber coun­tries. “Dr Ha­jraf has a great eco­nomic in­sight and I be­lieve this is what the GCC needs at present,” he stressed. Jar­al­lah noted that con­sul­ta­tions are un­der­way among GCC mem­bers on the fi­nal date of the com­ing sum­mit.

Jar­al­lah also said Kuwait re­spects the dig­nity and pro­tects the rights of its ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers. Jar­al­lah told re­porters that in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tions laud Kuwait’s record in this re­gard, which is in ac­cor­dance with its con­sti­tu­tion and laws. On ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Philip­pines over the pro­posed form of con­tracts for Filipino na­tion­als work­ing in Kuwait, he pointed out that both sides will hold a new round of talks over this is­sue shortly.

Mean­time, Jar­al­lah re­vealed that Kuwait is pre­par­ing to host a donor con­fer­ence in sup­port of ed­u­ca­tion in So­ma­lia, sched­uled for next year. He added that the planned con­fer­ence is highly sup­ported on the in­ter­na­tional level, out of the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion in achiev­ing sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment.

On Sun­day, Kuwait an­nounced, dur­ing the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) min­is­te­rial meet­ing hosted by Qatar, its readi­ness to or­ga­nize the donor con­fer­ence on back­ing So­ma­lia’s ed­u­ca­tion.

The Kuwaiti move re­flects the coun­try’s keen­ness on co­or­di­nat­ing and in­ten­si­fy­ing ef­forts with the sis­terly coun­tries to main­tain So­ma­lia’s se­cu­rity, safety and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity.

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