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Cabinet lauds His Highness Amir's efforts to free Kuwaitis at Guantanamo
January 12, 2016, 8:14 am
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His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah during chaired the meeting of the cabinet.

The cabinet on Monday commended His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's efforts to free Kuwaitis at Guantanamo, which eventually led to the release of the last Kuwaiti citizens there.

During a weekly meeting held at Seif Palace and chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the cabinet stressed that the US authorities responded to His Highness the Amir's efforts and set free the last Kuwaiti detainee at Guantanamo.

The move reflects the deep-rooted ties between Kuwait and the US, said Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Electricity and Water Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.
Fayez Al-Kanderi has been recently released, and returned home.

As today's meeting started, the cabinet was informed of two messages to His Highness the Amir from Presidents of France Francois Hollande, and Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev, on means of promoting bilateral ties, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah added.

Then, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah briefed the cabinet on the outcome of the GCC Ministerial Council meeting held in Riyadh on Saturday, which discussed the aggression on the Saudi embassy and consulate in Iran.

In a statement issued by the meeting, the GCC states voiced support to all measures taken by the Kingdom to counter terrorists and agitators.

They held the Iranian authorities fully responsible for the aggression, in line with Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963) and the International Law.

The GCC also stressed that such acts serve neither peace nor security in the region, or the world at large. They contradict with principles of good neighborliness, non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and respect of a state sovereignty. They can ignite the fuse of more crises in the region.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, also notified the cabinet of the outcome of the recent emergency meeting for the Council of the Arab League on the same issue.

The Cairo meeting formed a committee from the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to follow up developments of the crisis with Iran, and discuss means to combat its interference in internal affairs of Arab countries.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled also briefed the meeting on the outcome of the recent visit Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari paid to Kuwait.

The visit discussed means of enhancing bilateral ties in all fields, besides regional and international security and political developments of common concern, topped with the attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the consulate in Mashhad.

In addition, the First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister apprised the ministers of the outcome of the recent visit to Kuwait by Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi.

During the visit, Kuwait renewed its rejection of the aggression on the Saudi diplomatic missions, and reiterated solidarity with the Kingdom and fellow GCC member states in this regard.

The cabinet lauded the statements issued by the recent meetings of the GCC in Riyadh, and the Arab League in Cairo. It reaffirmed Kuwait's solidarity with the Kingdom and the GCC, as well as its rejection of violating the sanctity of diplomatic missions, and the interference in the internal affairs of other countries.

Meanwhile, the cabinet approved a recommendation on a request by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to move the administration of the Department of Disabled Care and the Vocational Training Center to be affiliated to the Public Authority for Disabled Affairs.

It also agreed to shift supervision of private kindergartens from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to the Ministry of Education.

Concluding today's meeting, the cabinet appreciated the hard efforts by Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah and members of the Standing Committee of the celebrations of Kuwait's national holidays. This followed a video review of the preparations for the 2016 celebrations of the National Day and the Liberation Day next month.

Source: KUNA

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