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Kuwait proceeding with actions against terrorism: Al-Maatouq; ‘Bolstering democracy protective fence against regional challenges’

WASHINGTON, Oct 10, (KUNA): The UN Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs and Amiri Diwan Advisor of the State of Kuwait Dr Abdullah Al-Maatouq reaffirmed that country is proceeding with actions aimed at confronting intellectual extremism and renouncing terrorism. Dr Al-Maatouq made the remarks after meeting officials of the US State Department and the US-based international relief organization, USAID, discussing bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields, namely humanitarian activities and combating terrorism. He told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that his talks with the US officials dealt with plans to hold the fourth international donors’ conference for Syria, tentatively due in Britain soon, and means of drumming up support for the forecast humanitarian event.

He also affirmed the US officials’ desire to ensure success of the expected convention, noting success of the three previous conferences that had been held for this purpose since breakout of the Syrian crisis in 2011. The internationally renowned Kuwaiti official added in the remarks to KUNA that the American officials expressed gratitude to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah for his patronization of the three conventions, affirming that His Highness earned the UN title, the “Humanitarian Leader” — along with the State of Kuwait, which was designated as the “Humanitarian Center.” Dr Al-Maatouq also said he deliberated with the Americans means of backing relief agencies in Kuwait and the US, in addition to confronting terrorism and radical thoughts. The Amiri Diwan Advisor said he notified the American side that the State of Kuwait is continuing the war on terrorism, through support of governments of various states, noting formation of the Supreme Committee for Promoting Moderation, aimed at publicizing moderate religious rhetoric.

Al-Maatouq, also the Chairman of the Kuwait-based International Islamic Charitable Organization, added that he invited the American officials to take part in a conference, to be organized by the association in late November. The convention, due to group all humanitarian NGOs in Kuwait, will be patronized by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Kuwait, which has been granting aid to people in need around the world for years, has succeeded in pledging up to $1.3 billion in aid for the Syrians as a result of the three previous conferences for the troubled nation.

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