The Cabinet condemned in its weekly meeting on Monday held at Bayan Palace a "terrorist" attack that targeted the Turkish city if Izmir. The Cabinet, chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, rejected violence and terrorism in all forms and manifestations, expressing sincere condolences to Turkish people and government as well as victims' families.
The Cabinet was briefed on a message to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah from British Prime Minister Theresa May.
In the letter, May expressed her happiness for attending the recent GCC Summit and meeting with GCC leaders, referring to the depth and historic relations between Gulf states and Britain, said Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah following the meeting.
She also voiced her content for the launch of strategic partnership between Britain and Kuwait, mainly in the domains of defense, security and trade, and for endeavors to develop and strengthen constructive cooperation between the two friendly countries, the Minister added.
Ministers were apprised of a message to His Highness the Amir from former President of Arab Parliament Ahmad Al-Jarwan in which the latter expressed gratitude to Kuwait for its keenness on promoting solidarity with Arab countries and its support for Arab parliament's march. They were informed about a message to His Highness the Amir from executive director of UN World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin who lauded Kuwait for responding to a state of emergency carried out in Iraq.
She indicated that this contribution of Kuwait would ensure the provision of emergency food assistance for thousands of Iraqi families affected by the ongoing crisis in Mosul.
The ministers offered their sincere condolences to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani over the death of former Iran's president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Meanwhile, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah informed the ministers about the results of recent visit by Minister of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs at Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry Thamer Al-Sabhan.
The visit reflected mutual keenness on boosting relations between the two sisterly countries in all domains, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah noted.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled also briefed the Cabinet on outcomes of visit by Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar to Kuwait during which the two officials discussed bilateral ties and means of developing them in all fields.
As part of government's keenness on following up the implementation of Ministers' Council's resolutions on collecting debts from beneficiaries from services, the Cabinet listened to presentations by Minister of Electricity and Water and Minister of Oil Essam Al-Marzouq, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Mohammad Al-Fares, Minister of State for Housing Affairs, and Minister of State for Services Yasser Abul on measures taken by some bodies in this regard.
The Cabinet approved the economic affairs committee's recommendation on forming a commission chaired by Minister Abul that includes representatives from Ministry of Interior, Kuwait Ports Authority and General Administration of Customs.
The aim of commission is to promote coordination amongst all concerned bodies to boost work efficiency at sea ports and raise their competitive capabilities in the field of trade facilitation as well as implement modern mechanism in ports management.
Ministers also discussed affairs of National Assembly and were informed about the assembly's agenda. They touched upon political affairs in light of relevant reports on current developments on Arab and international levels.
The cabinet followed up recent security efforts by Saudi Arabia in maintaining its security and stability, referring to its seriousness in countering and uprooting terrorism.