H.H. the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in his address on Tuesday to the National Assembly's fourth session of its 14th legislative term, pledged that no effort would be spared for "protecting our dear homeland" and urged both the Government and the Parliament to take speedy measures to complete economic reforms and slash public expenditures.
H.H. the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in his address to the Parliament, addressed in particular economic and security hazards and problems currently facing Kuwait. H.H. the Amir stated, "It's realy dangerous that the peril of terrorism has found its path to us, with the flagrant crime, the bombing of Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque during the fasting and prayers month, with no regard whatsover to the sanctity of Allah's houses, without any mercy toward the worshippers who were kneeling in prayers, thus tens of people were killed or wounded. "However, solidarity of our people foiled the plot against us and manifested the most wonderful picture of national unity."
In his elaboration about the mosque bombing, H.H. the Amir expressed deep gratitude to the alerted national security personnel for uncovering "the terrorist cells, the arms depots and the terrorists' hardware," however, he stressed that these successful raids and the mosque bombing warrant sounding the alarm bell and require further vigilance, therefore "the homlenad security and the citizens' safety should be our top priority." On basis of safeguarding the national unity "we will never allow seditions and spread of hatred or fomenting the hateful sectarianism or exploiting tribal, racial or class strifes," H.H. the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad vowed.
Stressing that individuals' misdeeds must not be viewed as representing whole communities, H.H. the Amir said, "I as the father of all, ask you and all the citizens to be aware of the dangers threatening our security, with the necessity of maintaining our national unity and participating in the protection of the homeland. "We shall spare neither efforts nor funds for sake of protecting our national security, bolstering the security apparatuses and enhancing their capacities."
Kuwait's security is part of the GCC security network "and any threat aimed at any Council's state also targets Kuwait's security and we should all join hands to resist it. "This was embodied when Kuwait was targeted with the flagrant aggression and occupation in 1990, and this was explicitly affirmed recently with the dangerous threats against security of the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is the security of us all." The GCC states, H.H. continued, have hastily taken effective action, taking part in the military operation, bravely led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, for protecting security of the Kingdom and legitimacy in Yemen.
He called for boosting the brotherly ties among the GCC states in the hope of realizing pan-Arab consensus "that may salvage the nation from the abyss and restore its pride and immunity."
Turning to economic challanges facing Kuwait, H.H. the Amir reminded the attendees, as well as the public, that he had warned of repercussions of the existing spending habits and mounting government expenditures, at expense of development. "Oil prices have resulted in slump of the State income by 60 percent, however the public spending proceeded unchanged and without any cut, to be in tune with the falling oil prices, thus leading to the State budget deficit, which is a burden on it and a limit to our development aspirations," H.H. the Amir said, therefore, "there must be speedy, serious and urgent measures to complete the economic reforms and attain their objectives, namely with slashing the public spending and confronting effectively the defects in our national economy, for any delays will lead to aggravating the situation thus greater efforts and higher costs will be warranted."
"While I declare in front of you facts and ramifications of the crisis, I ask the government and the assembly to take urgent reform measures and I affirm that they be a good example in terms of punctuality and abidance by schedules .. this is an opportunity to be seized to correct our economic approach, seeking other sources of income and bolstering our resources and capacitiy," H.H. said.
H.H. the Amir also recalled that he had urged in previous speechs for cooperatoin between the parliament and the government for sake of making achievements and reoslving citizens' problems, stressing that the need for such cooperation has become much more pressing nowadays. H.H. renewed the call for reforms, indicating that State would ensure that neither the citizens' income nor the fund for the next generations would be affected with the aspired tight-belt policies.