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Committee OKs naturalization list that includes 510 Bedouns ‘Establish memorial stone with names of martyrs’

 KUWAIT CITY, Aug 3: The Technical Committee in charge of modifying the status of illegal residents has approved the naturalization list that includes 510 Bedouns who met the conditions for acquiring citizenship, reports Al- Shahed daily quoting reliable sources. Sources confirmed the State Security System, Criminal Evidence Department and Criminal Investigation Department have reviewed the list as per the recommendation of the Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR). Sources said the new batch of applicants eligible for naturalization is now ready and it will be referred to the Cabinet for approval within this month. Sources added this batch consists of those who were part of the 1965 Census, employees of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), and a number of Bedoun militarymen who took part in Arab wars and are receiving pension.

Sources revealed the committee has reviewed files of these applicants to ensure they met all the conditions for naturalization. Sources affirmed the CSRSIR has also reviewed files of illegal residents, those who do not deserve citizenship and those who hold documents of other countries to take the necessary action. Sources said the committee possesses official documents from Iraq and Syria that belong to some Bedouns. Sources disclosed these people will be summoned to urge them to modify their positions and obtain the original papers from their countries because they will be granted privileges like free education and medical services, as well as exemption from residency fees.

In another development, Secretary-General of the National Project for Reinforcing Values of Citizenship Dr Khadeeja Ashkinani has called for the establishment of a memorial stone containing the names of martyrs in each governorate, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Ashkinani suggested the memorial stone should be near the headquarters of each governorate to honor and remember the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the homeland. She said that on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion, history will remember the Kuwaiti martyrs who defended their homeland.

She also called to mind the great role played by the heroes of the liberation – HH the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al- Ahmad and HH the late Father Amir Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah who exerted tremendous efforts to liberate Kuwait from the claws of Iraqi invaders. She pointed out that adhering to the principles of national unity and respecting the law are the only ways to protect constitutional and democratic rights which the Constitution guarantees for citizens. Meanwhile, political activist Rakan Khalid bin Hetheleen emphasized the need to learn from the Iraqi invasion, considering the great sacrifice made by the citizens to liberate their country. He further stressed the importance of honoring the families of martyrs and captives who were rescued from the jails of the tyrant Saddam Hussein. He said this anniversary should be taken as an opportunity for initiating comprehensive national reconciliation to fold the page of conflicts for the good of the country.

Furthermore, the Islamic Constitutional Movement has underscored the need to look into the dangerous aspects of local and territorial political, economic, social and security positions which Kuwait is currently witnessing. He warned these circumstances are not less dangerous than that of the summer of 1990; hence, this necessitates bearing national responsibility to protect national welfare.

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