KUWAIT CITY, Aug 2: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim has said that the commemoration of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on Aug 2, 1990 is an annual opportunity to remember the sacrifice of Kuwaitis, especially the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation. He pointed out that despite the bitter memory of the invasion, the disaster strengthened the unity of Kuwaitis; as well as their adherence to legitimacy. He added this is a good opportunity to remember the role of sisterly and friendly countries which supported Kuwait in its fight for its rights. He emphasized that the successive generations of Kuwaitis are always grateful to those who supported Kuwait. He prayed that Allah Almighty continues to protect Kuwait from all kinds of evil. He implored Allah Almighty to show mercy to the righteous martyrs; bless Kuwait; and perpetuate its prosperity, stability and progress under the leadersgip of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mesha’al Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah.
In addition, Al-Ghanim posted on his Twitter account a suggestion for the Ministry of Health and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to find alternatives in case the citizens encounter problems while using ‘Kuwait Mosafer’ and ‘Immune‘ platforms. He said there should be a way to check the citizens’ documents at the airport to ensure they will not miss their flights due to glitches which have nothing to do with them. On the other hand, Deputy Speaker Ahmed Al-Shuhoumi stressed the need for Kuwait to learn from the heroic acts of the people of Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion, considering they clearly reflected solidarity and national unity at the time. He added that recalling such a sad incident must be a catalyst for Kuwait to move towards progress and advancement. He also highlighted the historic roles of HH the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Sabah, HH the late Amir Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah and HH the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah in the liberation of Kuwait with the support of friendly and sisterly countries. He then underscored the importance of the unity of all Kuwaitis.
MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji asserted that although 31 years have passed, the wound has not been healed and the crime has not been forgotten. He said Kuwait will never forget the shameful positions of some countries which supported the ‘barbarian’ invasion, in the same manner that it will never forget the honorable positions of countries which supported it. The lawmaker spotlighted the vital and heroic role of Saudi Arabia and its leader at the time — the late King Fahd bin Abdulaziz. He added that Kuwait has experienced many difficult times; but it always proves its capability to overcome difficulties due to the strong bond between the people and political leadership. In another development, MP Ali Al-Qattan submitted a proposal to grant Kuwaiti nationality to the children of Bedoun martyrs registered at Al-Shaheed Office and those who were killed in the terrorist attack which targeted HH the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. MPs Osama Al-Shaheen, Hamad Al-Matar and Abdulaziz Al- Saqaabi have submitted a bill on the establishment of a permamnent central agency for the management of crises and disasters. They said the agency will follow up the preparations of institutions to deal with crises. The MPs affirmed their proposal is important, taking into consideration the vital role played by public institutions during the Iraqi invasion. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff