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Kuwait in contacts flurry - IS threat discussed at UN
September 29, 2014, 8:21 am
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First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah engaged in a flurry of diplomacy during, and on sidelines of, UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) 69th session. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled held some 15 meetings with foreign ministers from the Gulf, Arab, African, Asian and Western countries during his stay here, accompanying His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah’s representative, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

The Kuwaiti top diplomat, whose country holds the rotating Presidencies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arab League, met with foreign ministers of Iraq, Iran and Turkey, among the others, to discuss regional developments and other matters of mutual interest.

“We are keen on being in contact with these friendly countries at this time to explore ways of addressing regional conflicts and threats, as well as boosting bilateral relations,” Sheikh Sabah Al- Khaled said in a statement to KUNA and Kuwait TV on Saturday. Discussions also dealt with the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL).

The UN Security Council (UNSC) held a special session, chaired by US President Barack Obama, and unanimously approved resolution 2178 that tightened the grip on foreign terrorist fighters joining ISIL and other Al-Qaedaaffiliated groups in the region.

“The State of Kuwait sponsored this resolution because of its importance,” noted Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled. The 27-article resolution, sponsored by more than 100 countries and is under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, confronts movement and finance of foreign fighters, and urges countries to exchange information about them with the major aim of eliminating them.

“We in the State of Kuwait are keen to be part of the international community to fight this menace —,” said the Kuwaiti top official. “Kuwait is keen on prevailing of security in the Gulf region and our Arab area,” he asserted. The Kuwaiti foreign minister also attended a ministerial meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) and followed-up on Kuwait’s USD 300 million contribution to a fund it had announced for development in Asia through the Asia Development Bank (ADB).

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