Leading representative of Kuwait's parliament, the National Assembly, MP Faisal Al-Kandari at Asian parliamentary talks called on Tuesday to accelerate international efforts on tackling terrorism, in all its forms, and attempts to link it with Islam.
In a speech delivered at the conference in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, he expressed regret over attempts to link the actions of extremist groups with the faith of Islam, which calls for peace, tolerance and calls against violence and prejudice.
He called on attending Asian representatives to take steps that symbolize the principles of friendship and cooperation and tackle terrorism and extremism.
He also urged them to work to protect cultural diversity, to fight corruption, to help eradicate poverty, to work to protect the rights of the immigrant labourforce and to fight the illegal drug trade.
Achieving global peace, stability and development, particularly in Asia, "requires us - Asian parliaments - to push towards strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation," he said.
He described the Asian parliamentary talks as a "strategic and fundamental" requirement, going on to refer to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's initiative in hosting the Asia Cooperation Dialogue summit talks in Kuwait in 2012, which were aimed at boosting cooperation in the continent.
Addressing the Palestinian affair, he condemned Israeli settlement building in Jerusalem, which he said was a clear breach of international law and a direct transgression on Islamic sentiment.
Israeli practices, most recently the attack on Gaza, undermine the peace process and this will lead to catastrophic humanitarian, economic and social consequences, he warned.
On Syria, he expressed sorrow and anguish on the situation there, of daily bloodshed and destruction and called for an end to this humanitarian tragedy, along with the need to provide all forms of assistance to those displaced inside and out of the country.
He also referred to the role of the Kuwaiti government on this, in supporting the humanitarian situation after hosting two donors' conferences - in 2013 and 2014 - and His Highness the Amir's initiative, which earned him the label of UN humanitarian leader.