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Arab ministers ask Kuwait to ‘set’ up anti-violence, pro-youth panels

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 6, (KUNA): Arab youth and sports ministers have asked Kuwaiti Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al- Sabah to set up two committees; one decrying violence and extremism, and the other supporting youth. Speaking to reporters following the 59th session of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Youth and Sports Ministers, the office’s chairman Khaled Abdulaziz said the office had decided to set up a committee led by Sheikh Salman Sabah to develop appropriate mechanisms for launching an antiterrorism campaign similar to the Council of the European Union’s anti-hatred campaign.

He said the step was the fruit of discussions and agreements with the Council of the European Union in this regard. Another one-year youth-backing committee, also led by the Kuwaiti minister, was set up with a view to developing from Arab youth polices, he added.

On his part, Sheikh Salman Sabah said in a similar press statement that the Arab youth and sports ministers had adopted during the meeting several significant decisions aiming to support youth activities through two stages. The first stage aims to update Arab youth policies, while the second stage targets efforts to protect Arab youth from terrorism and extremism, he said. He lauded the meeting held today as “successful and important”, saying it came when the Arab world faced several serious security challenges, accusing “suspicious quarters” of seeking to encourage extremism and terrorism amongst young people.

An Arab youth plan and policy would be discussed by the council during its coming meeting in April, the minister pointed out. Meanwhile, he appreciated Morocco’s preparations for being the Capital of Arab Youth for 2016, and reiterated Kuwait’s support to this Arab country’s efforts in this regard. Moreover, Kuwait and the UN signed Saturday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over the support of youth.

The MoU was signed by Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah and UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, on sidelines of a meeting on youth volunteering in the face of terrorism. The meeting, held under auspices of His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, was organized by the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs. Alhendawi, in remarks at the meeting, underlined importance of supporting youth to fight extremism and terrorism.

He praised the State of Kuwait’s role in the support of youth. Sheikh Salman also called for transforming the charitable social service into a real development action through the adoption of the “creative and innovative youth ideas.” He said volunteering youth contribute to society service amidst regional and international security, social, economic challenges. He commended the UN for launching youth development programs around the world.

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