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Wednesday , July 17 2019

Kuwait invites int’l community to take part in Syria donors’ confab

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 2, (KUNA): Kuwait invited the international community to participate in Kuwait’s fourth donors’ conference in February in London to support the Syrian people in their suffering. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said in his opening remark at the 6th meeting for major donors aiding Syrian people that international community should unify their efforts to stop bloodshed and destruction in Syria.

He added that it is the responsbility of everyone, especially the UNSC, to find a swift peaceful solution for this made-made disaster. Al-Jarallah pointed to repeated warnings against the serious impacts of the Syrian crisis not only on the Syrians themselves but on the whole world as well. He added that at this stage of the crisis, it is important to connect the efforts of developmental institutions with humanitarian aid organization; a good example of this cooperative effort is a $150 million projects that has been carried out through the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED). Al-Jarallah expressed his appreciation for the UK for hosting the upcoming donors’ conference, with a joint chairmanship by Kuwait, Norway and Germany.

On his part, International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO) Chairman Dr Abdullah Al-Maatouq said that the Syrian crisis has been on a standstill position for a long time now, pointing out that humanitarian efforts should not replace political endeavors. Al-Maatouq, who is also Kuwait’s Humanitarian Envoy to the UN, said that Syrian civilians should be provided with protection from ongoing airstrikes and all sorts of violence. There are more than 360,000 Syrian people trapped between areas of disputes, where there is a lack of safety and security, he said.

In addition, there are more than 1.2 people who are internally displaced, he further said. He called on all donors’ countries to honor their pledges that were made in pervious donors’ conferences. Meanwhile, the Philippines Deputy Foreign Minister Evan Garcia hailed Kuwait’s support for charity activities in his country. This remark was made, on Wednesday, during a visit to Kuwait pavilion at an International Charity Bazaar held in the country to aid orphans; the event is seeing the participation of many diplomatic and philanthropic activists. Garcia expressed his appreciation to Kuwait’s participation in the event.

Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Walid Al-Kandari handed over Garcia and members of the Philippines Foreign Ministry commemorative gifts, Kuwaiti Embassy said in a statement. Al-Kandari pointed out that Kuwait always strives to engage in charity activities world worldwide. The International Charity Bazaar is held every year by the Philippines Foreign Ministry to raise funds for orphans and the needy.

The State of Kuwait welcomes UK’s military participation in international coalition against the so-called Islamic State (DAESH), announced Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters after taking part in opening of the sixth conference for major donors for Syria, the deputy foreign minister affirmed the State of Kuwait’s keenness on backing the coalition, also stressing on the necessity of the UK participation in the alliance against the militant group. His statement coincided with a planned legislative session in London due later today to vote on British military involvement in the global war on the group, also known as ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). He expressed hope the alliance would defeat terrorism and put an end to Syrian people’s hardships.

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