KUWAIT CITY, Oct 19, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Thursday praised National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim for his pro-Palestinian stance at the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
In a cable, His Highness the Amir emphasized Al-Ghanim’s firm remarks against the Israeli Knesset delegation at the concluding session of the Assembly, demanding them to leave the meeting room, at the backdrop of the issue of the Palestinian MP prisoners in Israel’s prisons.
His Highness the Amir lauded the honorable stance that was highly appreciated by representatives of the Arab and sister peace-loving nations, embodying Kuwait’s unwavering position in support of the “Palestinian brothers” until they restore their legitimate rights, and secure victory for their just cause.
His Highness the Amir wished Al-Ghanim further success for serving dear Kuwait. Al-Ghanim described His Highness the Amir’s cable to him over his latest pro-Palestinian stance “a noncontroversial political statement.” Al-Ghanim, reacting to His Highness the Amir’s cable of congratulations for confronting the Israeli delegation at the Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Saint Petersburg, Russia, said he was greatly elated with the Amir’s cable but felt unable to describe how deeply it affected him and millions of people who advocate human rights.
The speaker added that he tended not to interpret the sagacious Amir’s cable as a letter of support for himself in person, but an emphatic Kuwaiti political statement from a leader who has supported rights of the Palestinians, the Arabs and Muslims and other oppressed nations throughout his life. He expressed deep gratitude to His Highness the Amir for his support and wished him a long life so he may witness the Palestinians attaining their rights, freedom and dignity.
Meanwhile, Kuwait reiterated its continued support for the Palestinian cause and to exert pressure on the Israeli occupation forces to cease their practices and policies that violate the international resolutions.
Kuwait would like to emphasize the importance of achieving tangible progress on the Palestinian case led by the relevant international bodies and the Security Council, particularly the five permanent members as well as the Quartet and international partners, said Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al- Otaibi in a speech to the UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday to discuss developments in the Middle East. These efforts should be focused on setting a clear timeframe for the completion of negotiations between Palestine and Israel to reach a two-state solution that will lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, he said.
More than 50 years ago, the Israeli occupation of the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, witnessed only a continues series of violations of the most basic rules of international law, he added. Al-Otaibi said the illegal Israeli policies and plans aimed at Judaizing the holy city and destroying its Arab identity as well as disrupting its population structure and isolating it from its Palestinian surroundings are still going on. The violations come despite all the resolutions of the Security Council over the past years, which in their contents condemned the Israeli practices and affirms its illegality and illegitimacy, specially the latest Resolution No. 2334.