His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday called for intensifying efforts with the world to combat the phenomenon of terrorism. "We are required to intensify our international efforts to address the phenomenon of terrorism practiced by those terrorist organizations, which threatened the security and stability of our countries, in order to achieve the desired aspirations of our peoples," His Highness the Amir said during his speech in the 42nd session of the Ministerial Meeting of the countries of the Islamic Cooperation Organization in Kuwait.
"I would also like here to renew the State of Kuwait's severe condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist bombing, which occurred at a mosque in Qatif in Saudi Arabia, and the resulting fall of dozens of victims and injured, praying to the Lord Almighty to bestow his mercy upon the victims and rest their souls in peace, and wishing the injured quick healing and wellness," His Highness the Amir said. "We stress the State of Kuwait's support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all actions it might take to confront these terrorist crimes and maintain its security.
"As you meet under the OIC umbrella there must be a serious stand to consider the sectarian tension which threatens the entity and unity of our nation," the Amir said. "Such sectarianism is the most dangerous threat to the existence of our nation. We all gather under the flag of monotheism, and the provisions of one holy book of God Almighty, and follow the guidance of our Holy Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. "We must set out from these facts and ally to confront the daunting challenges faced by the Muslim world. We are all losers in this confrontation, but the winner is who wants to inflame this devastating struggle serving his own objectives and who plans to discredit and weaken Islam," the Amir added.
As for regional conflicts, the Amir said: "We are required to double our efforts for putting an end to the conflicts suffered in some Arab and Muslim countries. On the situation in Iraq, we are following with great concern the unfortunate security developments and attempts of the terrorist organization called ISIS to undermine its security and stability."
His Highness the Amir said: "We assure our support of the brothers in Iraq in maintaining their security, stability, sovereignty and unity of their land, and our sustenance for the international coalition in the face of terrorist attacks against Iraq." "We also reaffirm our support for the Iraqi government, headed by Dr. Haider Al-Abadi, in their quest to complete the program of national reconciliation in order to achieve the domestic front stiffness and strengthen national unity for the Iraqi people."
"On the Palestinian issue, efforts are still faltering, the Israeli violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque are frequent, settlements' building continues, and the suffering of our brothers is growing. Hence, we renew our call upon the international community, particularly the Security Council to compel Israel to accept peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state in accordance with international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative."
As for the humanitarian disaster in Syria, the Amir said: "The humanitarian disaster in Syria did not end, despite efforts exerted at all levels along five years, which witnessed increased numbers of dead, wounded and refugees. Kuwait has hosted three international donor conferences to help meet the humanitarian needs of the Syrians as a contribution to alleviate their pain. We here stress again that the solution to this issue would be only through peaceful means, away from the military machine."
Regarding Yemen, His Highness the Amir said: "On the Yemeni issue, the coalition military operations against Houthi militias started after they threatened our security and stability, seized power by military force, and broke their commitments under the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanisms. Thus, it has become necessary to take action in maintenance of the security of our countries and the stability of our region, out of our commitment to our obligations and agreements and in response to the request of His Excellency the legitimate President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi."
Concerning the Iranian nuclear program, the Amir said: "We welcomed the framework agreement, which has been concluded among the 5+1 Group on one hand, and Iran on the other hand, we hope that procedures are completed toward its final signature at the end of next June. "We renew our call on neighboring Iran to cooperate with the international community and to respond to the efforts of countries in the region for building good-neighborly relations, non-interference in internal affairs and cooperation for maintaining the security and stability in the region."
On critical political and security challenges, His Highness the Amir said: "Your meeting is held today in light of the continued critical political and security challenges worldwide, and in our Islamic world in particular. "We should work together to address such challenges. The Islamic world faces attempts by some terrorist organizations to draw a picture that does not reflect the truth of Islam, where they adopt Islam as a name, murder and destruction as a means, terrorism as approach and terrorizing innocent people as a mechanism.
"As a result, the image of the Islamic community and the individual Muslims became associated with despicable criminal acts. We, as Islamic States shoulder great responsibility to correct this distorted image, and to enlighten the world of the fact of our Islamic religion, and its supreme humanitarian values." In conclusion of his speech, the Amir said: "I reiterate welcoming you to the State of Kuwait, appreciating the efforts of His Excellency the Secretary General of the Organization and all employees in the Secretariat for the good preparation of this meeting, praying to Almighty that your meeting achieves its objectives, and Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Universes."