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3 Kuwaiti MPs urge action over US Jerusalem decision

Al-Ghanim meets Kuwait-Korea friendship panel head

Kuwaiti lawmaker Khaled Al-Otaibi – KUNA

CAIRO, Dec 11, (KUNA): Three Kuwaiti MPs have called on parliaments around the world to respond immediately and appropriately to a US decision recognizing the holy city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Addressing an extraordinary session of the Arab Parliament on Monday, Kuwaiti lawmaker Khaled Al-Otaibi stressed that Jerusalem is near and dear to the hearts of all Muslims and Arabs, condemning a decision by US President Donald Trump to move the American embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as the capital of Israel.

He added that the US decision was “in stark contrast to historical facts and international laws that affirm Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.” Meanwhile, Al-Otaibi’s fellow MP Askar Al-Enezi, said that Arab and Islamic nations should work together to ensure that Trump’s decision over Jerusalem is rendered null and void, describing the sacred city as the “eternal capital of a Palestinian state.” Al-Enezi underscored Kuwait’s unyielding support for the Palestinian people, saying that his country stands in solidarity with the Palestinians and has always been an advocate of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Ali Al-Diqbasi, another Kuwaiti lawmaker, told KUNA on the sidelines of the Arab League session that verbal condemnation is not a sufficient response to the US decision on Jerusalem, highlighting the need to turn rhetoric into effective action.

The Kuwaiti MP said that all Islamic nations should leap into action to address this dilemma of epic proportions and the US decision has pushed it further away from its role as a mediator in peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim on Monday received the visiting Chairman of the South Korean-Kuwaiti Friendship Committee. During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between both friendly countries and ways of promoting and developing cooperation in various fields, mainly parliamentary ones.

Also addressed during the meeting were several issues that concern both sides, the latest regional developments and possible coordination at international parliamentary events. The meeting was attended by South Korea’s ambassador to Kuwait Yu Yun Chol.

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