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Rohingya ordeal priority for Kuwait at the United Nations

Kuwait part of UNSC delegation to Myanmar and Bangladesh

Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah during a banquet for 15 per permanent representatives at the UNSC who are en route to Bangladesh and Myanmar

KUWAIT CITY, April 28, (KUNA): Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said Friday ordeal of Rohingya Muslim minority was a priority for Kuwait, specially during its UN Security Council membership. Kuwait’s humanitarian policy is one of the country’s foreign policy pillars, said Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, also Deputy Prime Minister, thus the great attention to the plight of the Rohingya community in Myanmar.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled made the remarks during a banquet he held for 15 permanent representatives at the UNSC, who were en route to Bangladesh and Myanmar. The mission to the two Asian countries is co-chaired by Kuwait, Britain and Peru, and aimed at getting acquainted with conditions of around 700,000 Rohingyas. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said the timing of visits to Bangladesh and Myanmar was crucial because it meant UNSC was following with “great concern” the daily influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The visits, he added, were sending a “strong signal that the Security Council is determined to follow up this humanitarian issue until it is resolved.”

The top diplomat wished success for the mission and hoped the ambassadors would have a comprehensive assessment of conditions of Rohingya Muslims. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled meanwhile expressed condolences for the passing away of Cote d’Ivoire UN Ambassador Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue. The permanent representatives thanked Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled for the host, and commended the State of Kuwait’s efforts for the preparation for their mission.

The two sides also discussed issues listed in the agenda of the UNSC meetings. The banquet was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah, Assistant Foreign Minister for the minister’s office Ambassador Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Mohammad Al-Sabah, Assistant foreign Minister for protocols Dhari Al-Ajran, Assistant Foreign Minister for Deputy Foreign Minister’s office Ayham Al-Omar, permanent representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi and Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organizations Nasser Al-Hayyen.

Kuwait will be an integral part of the UNSC delegation tasked with inspecting and evaluating the status of some 700,000 Rohingya refugees and displaced in Myanmar and Bangladesh, said Al-Otaibi Saturday.

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