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Housing aid eyed for Kuwaiti wives with foreign husbands

A silhouette of Kuwait City during sunset. (KUNA — Abdullah Jadaan)

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 25: The Women and Family Affairs Committee on Thursday discussed several items in its agenda, including the right of Kuwaiti women married to foreigners to obtain houses and housing loans in the presence of State Minister for Housing and Services Affairs Jinan Bushahri.

Committee Chairman MP Saleh Ashour disclosed they reached an agreement to amend some laws to achieve a breakthrough in granting Kuwaiti women married to foreigners the right to obtain houses. He said several ideas and solutions were presented at the meeting such as the implementation of housing projects for Kuwaiti women married to foreigners; starting with the construction of 1,100 housing units within two years.

Meanwhile, MP Riyadh Al-Adssani denounced the alleged attempts to make it appear that the grilling of Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al- Sabeeh was sectarian or tribal.

He retorted, “In the next few days, I will grill State Minister for National Assembly Affairs Adel Al-Kharafi, so is he a tribal minister?” About his position on the no-confidence motion against Al-Sabeeh, the lawmaker asked why he will vote on the no-confidence against a minister who is striving to implement reforms and rectify mistakes.

He added the revenues of cooperative societies increased in recent years — a manifestation that Al-Sabeeh did not impede work in the cooperative sector as some people have been claiming. He went on to say that the lopsided population structure issue is considered part of public policy which is supposed to be under HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah who should be held responsible for the problem. He also suggested that the domestic workers should be under the ministries of Social Affairs and Interior.

On the economic reform document, Al- Adsani said he is following up this issue with Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf, especially the State’s revenues and foreign investments. Furthermore, member of the parliamentary Environment Committee MP Abdullah Fahad praised Kuwait’s ranking in the Global Environmental Performance Rating Index issued by the Environment Center of Bell University in America as it landed on the 52nd spot. He said the country recorded another achievement in the area of environment protection, noting the recent ranking is a quantum leap in terms of global performance. He also lauded the efforts exerted by the director of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) and his deputies in achieving this result.

He attributed this to the remarkable developments in the field of environment protection, affirming the parliamentary Environment Committee will continue cooperating with EPA and other concerned bodies in protecting the environment. He revealed the parliamentary Environment Committee has been tackling several topics to help the concerned government bodies effectively play their role in protecting the environment. He added the important items in the agenda of the committee include the latest mechanisms in conducting research on environmental issues and development of Kuwait Bay.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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