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Kuwait keen on tackling human peddling: minister

‘Fake degrees phenomenon on agenda’

Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah writes his comments on the board at the gathering

KUWAIT CITY, July 30, (KUNA): Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah, on Monday, stressed Kuwait’s support for the international community in its efforts to combat human trafficking. Al-Jarallah made his remarks on the sidelines of his participation in the world day against human trafficking celebration organized by the International Organization of Migration (IOM) mission in Kuwait. He said that Kuwait enjoys “a praiseworthy law, which keeps us away from all wrong human practices”.

He stressed that Kuwait will not hesitate to deter and hold accountable those responsible for the phenomenon of human trafficking, adding that there were contacts and cooperation with friends around the globe in this regard. He pointed out to Kuwait’s Domestic Employment Law, National Strategy for Combating Human Trafficking and the establishment of the Public Authority for Labor Force to prevent human trafficking. He said that Kuwait seeks to contain this phenomenon by providing a decent life for all workers and those living on Kuwaiti territory, adding that these steps were based on Kuwait’s commitment to international conventions and laws regarding human rights. The Deputy Foreign Minister confirmed that about three million foreigners lives in peace and security in Kuwait.

On her part, head of IOM mission in Kuwait Iman Erekat said that human trafficking was a crime against humanity affecting human dignity, praising Kuwait’s efforts to combat this phenomenon. She said that Kuwait’s Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah’s sponsorship of this celebration affirms Kuwait’s serious desire to combat such crimes. Erekat stressed that this also consistent with Sustainable Development Goals 8 and 10 in decent work, economic growth and reduction of inequalities.

Meanwhile, Al-Jarallah confirmed in a statement Monday the ministry’s intent to communicate with the Ministry of Higher Education to crystallize joint efforts in regards to the phenomenon of false certificates. On the world day against human trafficking, organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Al-Jarallah said that the ministry was in contact with Kuwaiti embassies and diplomatic missions abroad to coordinate efforts and find the root cause of the problem.

The Ministry of Higher Education referred a set of false certificates and degrees to the Public Prosecution, said Al-Jarallah who emphasized that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also following up on the matter diligently to end this problem and detect false documents. Kuwait supports the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths on his mission to help the Yemeni people to overcome their dire situation, Al- Jarallah said Monday.

In a press release on the world day against human trafficking, Al-Jarallah said that Kuwait played a pivotal role in helping to resolve the Yemeni crisis. He indicated that the meeting between His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and UN Envoy Griffiths had focused on the Kuwait stance in regards to the conflict in Yemen. He hoped that Kuwait and the UN would continue to coordinate efforts in Yemen until a peaceful solution was reached.

Meanwhile, Al-Jarallah touched, in his statement, on the situation in Iraq and affirmed that Kuwait would do all that it can to help the Iraqi people. On the subject of a US-proposed Arab alliance similar to NATO, Al-Jarallah said his country had submitted several proposals of similar nature in the Middle East, indicating that the US and Kuwait will hold talks to discuss the nature of such strategic entity.

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