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Draft law to promote national sports clubs gets Cabinet nod – Govt tackles expat bachelors’ housing

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Cabinet weekly meeting
Cabinet weekly meeting

KUWAIT CITY, April 25, (KUNA): The Cabinet has given the thumbs up to a draft law mainly aiming at the promotion and development of national sports clubs, and sent it to His Highness the Amir before being taken to the National Assembly for final approval. The bill, which was approved during a customary Cabinet meeting held at Bayan Palace under chairmanship of Acting Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, is meant to provide annual financial support to sports clubs.

Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said in a statement following the meeting that it would be up to the Public Authority for Sports (PAS) board of directors to decide how much each club will get exactly. The Cabinet then approved two draft decrees pertinent to a Kuwaiti- Jordanian air service agreement and another visa agreement between Kuwait and Georgia.

The Cabinet also reviewed the quarterly report of the Kuwait National Fund for Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs) Development for the period from December 2015 to February 2016. It further discussed and lauded a recommendation on single expatriates’ housing in residential areas where Kuwaiti citizens live, together with measures taken by the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) to fight this phenomenon. At the onset of the meeting, the Cabinet looked over a letter sent to His Highness the Amir by Montenegro’s President Filip Vujanovic, which discussed cordial relations between Kuwait and the Southeastern European nation and ways to enhance them. The Cabinet also welcomed Governor-General of Australia and retired senior army officer Peter Cosgrove’s impending visit to the country.

Moreover, the meeting reviewed His Highness the Amir’s participation in the GCC-Moroccan Summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh last Wednesday, where GCC leaders and the Moroccan King alike reaffirmed their commitment to bolstering cooperation to achieve shared goals. Meanwhile, the Cabinet extolled the fruitful outcome of the summit, which sought to solidify GCC nations’ ties with Morocco, for the betterment of the Arab world.

The ministers also discussed His Highness the Amir’s participation in the GCC-American Summit held in Riyadh last Thursday, with GCC leaders and US President Barack Obama in attendance. The summit highlighted the importance of persistent collaboration between the US and GCC nations to ensure peace and stability in the region.

Also during the summit, both sides vowed to take all necessary measures to exterminate terrorism and overcome all challenges. They also highlighted the importance of implementing the United Nation’s resolution 2254, which calls for the unimpeded advent of humanitarian aid to besieged areas in Syria.

The leaders also voiced their support of a cessation of hostilities in Yemen and the ongoing peace talks hosted by Kuwait. The ministers then reviewed His Highness the Prime Minister’s participation in the landmark signing of the Paris agreement on climate change in New York City last week. Kuwait joined the signatories of the agreement, in line with its humanitarian values.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah briefed the weekly meeting on Yemen peace talks in Kuwait, as part of efforts to leave no stone unturned to put an end to the Yemeni conflict. The talks also aim to bring a political solution to the conflict in Yemen, one that has raged for several years, while maintaining peace and security at this critical juncture in Arab history. The Cabinet hoped that stability would be restored in Yemen soon.

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