KUWAIT CITY, March 8, (KUNA): The President of the European Union’s Middle East-Gulf (MOG) Working Party Roberto Storaci said on Thursday that the neutrality and credibility of the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Sweden in Security Council was behind the adoption of Resolution No. 2401 on the humanitarian situation in Syria.
In an interview with KUNA, Storaci said Kuwait has always played a major role in helping the needy, pointing to the three Syria’s donor conferences, as well as Iraq’s reconstruction conference. He expressed his sincere congratulations to the success of the conference, which was supervised by EU, adding that it is a living example of the coordination and cooperation between the European Union and the State of Kuwait.
He added that Kuwait and EU enjoys great diplomatic and economic relations and a genuine partnership based on common interests, confirming the Union’s constant efforts to remove any obstacles that may face this distinctive partnership. Kuwait’s request for a Schengen visa waiver, Storaci said the Schengen system is currently in a phase of the establishment of a new electronic visa system, adding that the EU recognizes the importance of this issue for the Kuwaiti government and people.
Storaci said the EU appreciates Kuwait’s role in the UN Security Council and the region in resolving disputes, as well as its important role in the Gulf crisis. Meanwhile, the State of Kuwait expressed its regret to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is considered one of the most serious among other countries of the world.
This came in a speech delivered by Deputy Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations Counselor Bader Abdullah Al-Munayikh during UN Security Council session on the situation in DRC held Wednesday. “We believe that a comprehensive political solution, confidence-building measures and timely presidential elections will have a positive impact on improving economic, security and humanitarian conditions in the Congo”, said Al-Munayikh.
He assured that the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Congo in the UN session represents the interests of the government of the Congo in achieving political stability and hold the elections as scheduled.
On the extension of the mandate of the Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), he said, “We support the extension of its mandate which concides by the end of this month for another year until March 31, 2019 as it plays an important role for the Congolese government in preparation for the next political phase.” He referred to the vital role played by both European and African Unions, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), International Organisation of La Francophonie, noting that in stabilizing peace and security in Congo and the region nearby through solving causes of the conflicts and strengthen confidence of neighboring States.
Al-Munayikh pointed out the Council’s attention to the meeting coincides with the passage of one year of the unfortunate incident of the members of the Panel of Experts Michael Sharp and Zayda Catlan of March 2017, expressing regret that the perpetrators of this incident have not been yet arrested and brought to justice.
Al-Munayikh praised efforts by United Nation Secretary-General last November in forming a special team to investigate killing of two experts, hoping the team will complete the investigation and arrest all perpetrators of the crime as soon as possible