His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday urged Asian nations to join hands in face of diverse challenges and problems in the continent namely annihilating wars, poverty, illiteracy, rapid population growth and environmental deterioration.
Addressing the 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit (ACD) which began here today, His Highness the Amir, who heads the State of Kuwait delegation to the top-level convention, called on Asian nations to utilize joint potentials and diverse capacities that can be capitalized upon to exert further efforts and realize aspirations of our peoples, security and stability of our homelands in diverse sectors.
â€¨"Moreover we ought to respect our covenants and treaties and seek to resolve our differences peacefully to present to the world an ideal sample with respect of international dealing that may safeguard our homelands and promotion of our communities.â€¨Furthermore, we ought to defend international covenants and charters that govern our world, where the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), recently endorsed in the United States of America, constitutes a breach of such treaties' rules and harm to our interests."
Our second summit is being held while the continent faces grave challenges and dangers where we have all suffered from annihilating wars that resulted in many victims and weakened economies of the regional countries and obstructed their capacities and efforts for achieving the required developments.
Our communities today suffer from mounting challenges such as annihilating wars, poverty, low level of health care, illiteracy, environmental problems and rapid population growth, although we are aware of the necessity of collective action to face these challenges.â€¨
However, our Asian joint action has remained below the aspirations, despite the vast geographic size of the continent and the huge demographic status."
My country Kuwait realizes significance of its Asian arena and has sought to promote Asian-level joint action to realize this approach, thus it has hosted meetings of the Secretariat General for dialogue in the past three years."
The State of Kuwait has also been engaged at the Asian level in realms such as communications and sustainable development, His Highness the Amir stated, noting that Kuwait had announced during the Kuwait summit at this level an initiative to raise USD two billion to fund development ventures in non-Arab Asian countries, where Kuwait at the time contributed to its budget.â€¨
His Highness the Amir called "on the other States" to contribute to this program for sake of achieving the high-status goals.â€¨He praised written proposals presented by Thailand including a visionary approach for regional cooperation till 2030. "This is a vision that depicts our resolve for cooperation and lays down plans to move forward."