Arab League chief lauds Kuwaiti house – ‘Need for unity’

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmad Abul-Ghaith meets Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim.

CAIRO, Jan 16, (KUNA): The Arab League’s Secretary General Ahmad Abul-Ghaith on Tuesday spoke highly of “parliamentary activity” in Kuwait, saying it was reflective of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah’s support.

The Arab League chief’s remarks came in a meeting with visiting Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and a delegation accompanying him, read a statement by the Cairo-based regional bloc. Abul-Ghaith commended Kuwait’s top lawmaker for his hands-on approach and his commitment to have the Arab region’s best interests at heart, the statement noted. It cited Al-Ghanim’s concern over the “critical juncture” that the region is going through, which behooves Arab nations to work closely together to stave off armed confl icts that have left a number of countries in shambles.

Meanwhile, the statement pointed out that both officials exchanged views over the current state of affairs in parliaments across the region. Al-Ghanim is joined by lawmakers Rakan Al-Nesf, Ali Al-Diqbasi, Abdulwahab Al-Babtain and Nasser Al-Dousari.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO) said Tuesday that it is following through with plans to hold a conference involving nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on Feb 12 to address war-torn Iraq’s humanitarian needs. IICO’s Chairman Dr Abdullah Al- Matouq told KUNA that the conference has the backing of the Kuwaiti Cabinet, pointing out that the NGOs’ meeting and a major conference over reconstruction in Iraq would take place concurrently.

Al-Matouq expressed his gratitude to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, whose wellchronicled humanitarian tendencies have garnered him global acclaim. On the purpose of the conference, he said that attendees would assess the current humanitarian situation in Iraq to determine the scope of aid the Iraqi people urgently need. “The International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq proves Kuwait’s commitment to security and stability in the region,” Al-Matouq added.

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