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Cabinet briefed on outcome of HH Amir’s visit to Saudi Arabia

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Ministers notified about special panel on domestic servants costs

His Highness the PM Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah chairs the weekly Cabinet meeting

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 23, (KUNA): His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah on Monday chaired the regular weekly session of the Cabinet, held at the Premiership Lounge at Kuwait International Airport. Following the session, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al- Mubarak Al-Sabah stated that the session got started with a briefing by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah about outcome of His Highness the Amir’s visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday, where his consultations with the Saudi leaders dealt with bilateral ties, issues of common concern and efforts for resolving the “crisis among the brothers in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.” In this respect, Sheikh Sabah Al- Khaled had informed Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani about latest efforts to “contain the Gulf dispute and bridging the gulf among the brothers in the GCC member states.” He also briefed the ministers about the freshly-concluded visit to the country by the Sudanese president and a recent one, paid by the Latvian foreign minister.

The ministers examined the biannual report of the annual development plan (2017-2018), listening to Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh about accomplishments made during this period, the third year of the mediumterm development scheme (2015- 2016, 2019-2020).

The plan has been re-structured in a manner that will realize the State Vision (2035) to be compatible with the sustainable development objectives and bases; an effective government, sustainable and diverse economy, advanced infrastructure, sustainable living domain, high-standard health care, creative manpower and distinguished international status.

Minister of Justice and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Dr Faleh Al-Azab has voiced the Cabinet’s solidarity with Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al- Sabah in the grilling motion submitted against the latter by MPs Riyadh Al-Adsani and Dr Abdul-Kareem Al-Kandari. The government will deal with the grilling motion in line with the constitutional frameworks, Al-Azab told KUNA after the weekly Cabinet meeting on Monday. He confirmed that they would reply to the points of the grilling “according to the constitution and the rules regulating the relations between the Executive and Legislative Powers.”

The minister also reiterated that the government extends a hand for cooperation with the National Assembly for the good of the nation and the citizens. Meanwhile, Al-Azab said the Cabinet reviewed during today’s meeting the government’s arrangements for the Second Session of the 15th Legislative Term to be inaugurated by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday. Minister of Commerce and Industry, the Acting Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Khaled Al-Roudhan, said on Monday that the Cabinet was informed about forming a panel to examine domestic servants’ costs.

The committee comprises representatives of the ministries of commerce, foreign and internal affairs, Public Authority for Manpower and the union for domestic labor recruitment offices. Minister Al-Roudhan said in a statement to KUNA after the weekly Cabinet session that forming the panel aimed at discussing costs of recruiting the domestic servants.

The panel will prepare a report about costs of the domestic workers from various countries. The ministry of commerce, which will examine the rates, will specify the costs if it finds that the recruitment offices’ charges are unreasonably high. The Cabinet on Monday denounced the terrorist attack that has recently taken place in the Egyptian region Al-Wahat leaving scores of security personnel dead or wounded.

The Cabinet expressed condolences to President Abdelfattah el-Sisi and the Egyptian people, re-affirming rejection of all forms of terrorism and expressing support for the authorities’ measures against such terrorist acts aimed at undermining the nation stability. Some 16 police officers were killed and 13 others were wounded in the incidents in Egypt’s northern Giza governorate. Police were attacked by heavy artillery in an ambush upon learning of a hideout used by the group to train and manoeuvre

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