‘Mercenary’ border demo in Iraq hit – MP seeks session time

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 9: MP Faisal Al-Kandari revealed that he and some of his colleagues have submitted a request to allocate two hours of the next session for a closed door meeting on the Iraqi demonstration at Abdullah Bay. Al-Kandari claimed the demonstrators are mercenaries who belong to parties keen on causing misunderstanding between Iraq and Kuwait regarding their borders.

He pointed out Kuwait will not pay attention to a few mercenaries, while quoting the foreign affairs ministry undersecretary as saying that Kuwaiti and Iraqi policies are on the right path but this does not mean ignoring the incident at Abdullah Bay He called on the Iraqi government to normalize diplomatic relations with Kuwait and denounce unnecessary disagreements on Kuwait-Iraq borders as well as the Abdullah Bay issue. He explained the request for a twohour closed door meeting is aimed at knowing the steps being taken by the Defense, Interior and Foreign ministries to address the issue.

Meanwhile, MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei called for cancellation of all car rental contracts signed by ministries and other government institutions for the benefit of ministers and other officials including undersecretaries, assistant undersecretaries and directors. He pointed out the government has repeatedly announced its plan to rationalize public spending but until now nothing has been done. He stressed that rationalization of expenditures should start with public officials rather than ordinary citizens.

On another issue, MP Omar Al-Tabtabaie has forwarded queries to Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohamed Al-Faris about fake academic certificates. He wants to know the decisions taken by the investigative panel tasked to look into forged certificates, studies and reports of the Higher Education Ministry on ways to address the problem, total number and work places of those referred to the Public Prosecution for holding fake certificates, and discovery of forged passports among faculty members at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) if any.

 

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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