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Tuesday , November 13 2018

Increasing refugee Nos alarming – Al-Otaibi; Mideast region in turmoil: Kuwait envoy to UK

NEW YORK, Nov 21, (KUNA): The increasing number of refugees worldwide, namely Syrians, is an “alarming” factor that requires serious attention from the world,” said Kuwait permanent envoy to the UN headquarters in New York Mansour Al-Otaibi here late Friday. Ambassador Al-Otaibi’s statement came during the UN General Assembly’s discussions on the illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean.

Today’s session reflects the international need to find a solution to the problem with its socio-economic repercussion, said Al-Otaibi who stressed that the current crisis was the worst since War World II with some 60 million refugees and displaced around the world. He noted that the humanitarian crisis in Syria, entering its fifth year, was getting worse with millions losing their lives and some 13.5 million displaced within the country.

Over four million Syrian refugees are also suffering from the war in their country, said Al-Otaibi who noted that Kuwait continued to support their fellow human being with three donor conferences held to help the refugees.

The Kuwaiti diplomat welcomed the results of the Geneva talks recently which aimed at finding a political solution for Syria. Kuwait will be partaking and co-organizing the fourth donor conference for Syria to be held in London in February 2016, said Ambassador Al-Otaibi who hoped that the event will help ease the suffering for the Syrian people and also contribute to a solution to the crisis. Meanwhile, the current status quo and turmoil in the Middle East came as a result of instability in a number of states in the region, said Kuwait Ambassador to the UK Khaled Al-Duwaisan late Friday.

The diplomat’s statement came during the opening session of the 52nd congress of the UK branch of the National Kuwait Student Union (NUKS) held under the auspices of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The increasing number of terrorist attacks, which recently struck Beirut, Paris, and Mali, is alarming, said the Ambassador noting that Kuwait was also subjected to an act of terrorism with the bombing that occurred at Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque back in June.

Despite that fact, the Kuwaiti leadership and people stood together to foil the terrorists’ plan to destabilize the country, said Al- Duwaisan who added that terrorists failed to consider that even the Iraqi invasion in 1990 could not divide the Kuwaitis. Speaking about the students’ conference, Al- Duaiwsan said that Kuwaiti students’ role was not only to gather knowledge while studying abroad. He stressed that students also make it their mission to connect with British society, building bridges of hope and cultural understanding.

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