The 8th conference of Kuwait’s heads of missions (HOMs) abroad was opened on Tuesday at Bayan Palace under auspices of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The conference convenes as the region, and the world at large, has entered grave political and security conditions, His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah told the opening ceremony. “These pose a threat to our existence, undermine our security and draw attention away from essential issues,” he added.
His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince referred to regional events over the past few years, better referred to as “Arab Spring”, which he said, drove the region into sophisticated calculations. But today, “we are ushering in a new stage to adjust our course making use of past experiences, and facing powers that target our security, stability and interests,” he told the ceremony. His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince stressed the role of the Kuwaiti diplomatic mission overseas is to “convey to the world the bright image of their country, that enjoys democracy and freedom” and whose diplomacy is based on constants of international legitimacy, as well as enforcing the basis of peace.
According to His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince, Kuwait’s HOMs have to affirm to the world that their country is keen on fulfilling its humanitarian commitments, responding to efforts by the international community to defend and maintain human rights, and back sustainable development. On Yemen, he said that the recent events in the country threaten security and stability of the region, besides being a warner of grave consequences. He stressed the momentousness of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and its Executive Mechanism, approved by all Yemeni powers and the UN Security Council.
However, the Initiative was encountered by intransigence from the Houthi militias that encroached on legitimacy through military power. Kuwait’s stance on Yemen has been based on the GCC and Arab Joint Defense Agreements and the Article 51 of the UN Charter, he said, noting that the country is taking part with other GCC and Arab fellow states in countering the aggression and attempting to restore legitimacy in Yemen. His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince pointed to the Security Council resolution No. 2216 adopted on 14 April, as a reflection of international support to the GCC move on Yemen.