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Kuwait to promote global peace, security
September 23, 2017, 4:20 pm

Kuwait, when it assumes its non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council (UNSC) next January, would remain committed to preserving and strengthening world peace and security, said His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

The Kuwaiti premier, who represented His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, speaking at the 72 session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, 20 September, said that Kuwait would work on enhancing UNSC role in conflict prevention, mediations and peaceful resolution of crises, as well as the promoting transparency within the Council.

His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak, added the State of Kuwait, whose last UNSC membership was in 1978-79, also sought to promote contribution of small countries in the different UN agencies. Kuwait, which is also set to take over the UNSC rotating presidency next February, would work hard to activate international response to refugees, immigrants and displaced, said the prime minister. He also thanked all countries that voted for Kuwait's 2018-19 UNSC membership and expressed his hope that "peace and security prevails in the whole world".

Since its membership to the United Nations in 1963, the State of Kuwait has made significant contributions to the work of the UN, and has been an active partner, working closely to promote the noble principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter. The Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations, currently headed by Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, is responsible for ensuring the State of Kuwait’s active participation at the United Nations.

Over the years, Kuwait has been an effective partner in the maintenance of international peace and security through its multilateral depth of knowledge and experience gained from its interaction and membership in various regional and international organizations, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Group of 77 + China, and the Non-Aligned Movement.

In his speech before the General Assembly, His Highness the Prime Minister turned to the topic of international terrorism and stressed that “no one country by itself, no matter how much it tries, can confront or eliminate it”.  Emphasizing that terrorism to any nationality or religion was “morally impermissible”, he noted that Kuwait continued to support Iraq and commended the progress made by the Iraqi Government in retaking territory.

also extended Kuwait’s support to and added that Kuwait stood ready to host the Yemeni parties to sign a final peace agreement.

Renewing Kuwait's support for UN efforts to reach a political settlement in the Yemeni conflict and full backing for UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmad's, attempts to solve the conflict, Kuwait's Prime Minister said that the conflict had caused massive humanitarian and economic problems for the Yemeni people. He reiterated Kuwait’s readiness to host the Yemeni parties to sign a final peace agreement by saying, "We express our readiness again to receive our Yemeni brothers to sign a final agreement once they conclude it."

His Highness the Prime Minister reasserted Kuwait’s commitment to unity, sovereignty and independence of Yemen and also rejected any interference in its internal affairs. A solution to the crisis in Yemen, he added, should be based on outcome of national dialogue, the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism and UN resolution 2216.

It will be remembered that in a bid to help reach a peaceful settlement, Kuwait had played host to the UN-brokered Yemeni negotiations for over three months in 2016, without the warring factions being able to reach a mutually acceptable peaceful resolution to the conflict. Kuwait has also rushed to help the Yemeni people and has allocated US$100 million to provide relief aid for the people in need to ultimately restore security and stability in the country.

Meanwhile, on Friday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres commended Kuwait's role and contributions for supporting the UN operations and thanked the country for its vast humanitarian and development assistance around the world.

The UN chief made the remarks during a meeting with Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly.

For his part, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled thanked Mr. Guterres for supporting security and stability at the regional and international level. The two top diplomats discussed cooperation between Kuwait and the UN agencies ahead of the Gulf country's non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council for 2018-19.


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