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Kuwait urges regional and global cooperation to combat terrorism – Carter, Attiyah discuss US-Qatar defense cooperation

NEW DELHI, May 19, (KUNA): Kuwait has urged further regional and global cooperation to counter terrorism, and its root causes. The call was made by Chairman of the Appeals Chamber in the Kuwaiti Justice Ministry Counselor Ali Musaed Al-Dhabibi in his address to the 55th annual meeting of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) held in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Terrorism has come to constitute a major phenomenon of grave consequences and has had wide impacts “proving it has no boundaries, regional or religious, “ he said.

Al-Dhabibi arrived in New Delhi on Monday leading a Kuwaiti delegation to the event.

He reiterated Kuwait’s support to Palestine, urging the AALCO leadership to carry on with backing the decade-long cause.

Kuwait is certain that the just demands of the Palestinian people, self-determination, improving their livelihood and providing them with security and peace, are basics of human civilization, he said.

Al-Dhabibi noted that the Palestinian issue has been on the top of AALCO’s agenda ever since its 27th meeting held in Singapore in 1988.

In addition, he stressed the fact that Kuwait has been a staunch supporter of the Palestinians’ rights over long years.

Meanwhile, Al Dhabibi appreciated AALCO’s efforts to achieve stronger relations and understanding among the member states, and to help them formulate “foolproof opinions and directions over issues of global concern.” Following the historic Bandung Conference, Indonesia, April 1955, the Asian Legal Consultative Committee (ALCC) was formed, November 1956 with India, Iraq, Japan, Egypt, Syria, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka as the founding members.

It was renamed as the Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee (AALCC) in 1958.

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WASHINGTON: US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Wednesday reaffirmed the longtime security partnership between his country and the State of Qatar.

In a meeting with Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah at the Pentagon, Carter lauded “Qatar’s support for a closer partnership, and reaffirmed their strong relationship, noting that the two countries share many common interests,” according to a statement by Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook.

The two sides discussed, in their first bilateral meeting, a range of issues related to mutual security interests, including countering violent extremism from groups like so-called Islamic State (IS), Cook noted.

“Secretary Carter identified (in the meeting) several areas where the United States and Qatar can deepen their security cooperation for the benefit of both countries, such as their continued cooperation in confronting violent extremism, military-to-military exchanges on subjects such as education and medical care, and Qatar’s constructive engagement with GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) partners in the region,” he added.

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