Monday , December 18 2017

JOBS PRIORITY TO KIDS OF MIXED COUPLES OVER EXPATS HAILED – Speaker lauds Iran, redlines security

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 18: MP Khalil Saleh praised the decision of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to prioritize the children of Kuwaiti women married to non- Kuwaitis over expatriates in the recruitment of workers for State institutions.

The lawmaker asserted the decision will reflect positively on the social, economic and humanitarian fields, considering the children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis are important components of the Kuwaiti society.

He pointed out this is better than hiring expatriates of different nationalities with different cultures and traditions that sometimes collide with the customs of Kuwaitis. He enumerated the advantages of the decision as follows: ease the burdens of people under this category, much lower recruitment cost than that of expatriates, and their salaries will be spent in Kuwait — thereby, protecting the local economy from the dire consequences of large amounts of remittances that expatriates send to their home countries.

He went on to say the high probability of granting Kuwaiti citizenship to this category is considered a great contribution to the successful implementation of the Kuwaitization policy. He also thinks the decision will solve a number of perennial issues. He hopes the CSC will present a comprehensive report, including the number of individuals from this category who will be employed in State institutions and the opportunities which will be given to them to ensure they live comfortably.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim confirmed the keenness of Kuwait and other Arab Gulf nations to promote peace, good neighbor relations and cooperation with Iran. At the same time, he stressed that the security and stability of the Gulf Cooperation Council is a red line, indicating Iran must not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.

In a press statement, Al- Ghanim revealed, “The politics of Kuwait has deep-rooted tenets regarding this file — first is the desire of Kuwait and other Gulf nations to promote a climate of stability and tranquility while enjoying neighborly relations and cooperation with Iran. Second is the fact that the security and stability of the GCC is a red line which shall not be compromised nor bargained.” He said the third tenet is “our belief in the importance of Iran and its role in the region as a big country; but this belief should not be at the expense of the interests, security and stability of the GCC.” He added the fourth tenet entails respecting the principle of neighborliness and non-interference in the internal affairs of other States. “In Kuwait, we believe that all Gulf States, as well as Iran, are equal partners in the region. Our common objective is to maintain harmonious relations,” he concluded.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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