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Elders value Amir perspective on international issues

‘Kuwait voice for stability’

His Highness the Amir receives the delegation of the Group of Elders, former Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lakhdar Brahimi and former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari and the accompanying delegation on the occasion of their visit to the country.

KUWAIT CITY, July 3: The Elders, Lakhdar Brahimi and Martti Ahtisaari, discussed regional security and political issues with HH the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, senior political leaders and representatives from civil society and reaffirmed the belief that dialogue and diplomacy offer the best way to defuse tensions, resolve conflicts and re-establish peace in the Middle East region. His Highness the Amir’s perspective on regional and international issues is much “valued,” said former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi on Tuesday.

“We thank His Highness and the State of Kuwait on the warm hospitality, as well as on overall cooperation shown in order to deal with these issues,” Brahimi said. A roundtable discussion was held with members of the Press at the Sheraton hotel following meetings with the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al Jarallah, the Speaker of Parliament and some MPs.

They also met with the President of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Abdel Latif Yousef Al Hamad and representatives of civil society groups. The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, to offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

The group is chaired by former UN Secretary-General KofiAnnan and consists of ten Elders and four Elders Emeritus. They praised Kuwait’s founding role in and continued commitment to the Gulf Cooperation Council and expressed their hope that all Council members cooperate with HH the Amir in his role as mediator to resolve their current differences, and commended Kuwait’s efforts to prioritise peaceful and political processes to address all the problems of the region and in particular the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Palestine.

Lakhdar Brahimi is a former Algerian freedom fighter, Foreign Minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat; an expert in peacekeeping and postconflict reconstruction. He stated that the Arab region is the most turbulent in the world today but is hopeful that peaceful mediation can make solutions possible in the many conflict areas. He shared that while the Elders had no official tasks or missions but as experienced, independent leaders, would be willing to offer advice and

By Cinatra Fernandes Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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