Monday , October 23 2017

This is Kuwait, damn the maligners

Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times
Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

SOME people attempt to depict Kuwait as a country that operates outside the circle of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). They are forgetting (or maybe it is out of their ignorance, no difference either way) that the relations lasted since the inception of the GCC.

Regional voices particularly from Iran and Iraq have been quite vocal in the recent months in insinuating that our country, our sovereign state, rotates around the axis of these countries. However, if that’s the case, there is no doubt that such voices belong to either an insolent adventurer or a novice politician who fails to understand how countries are run.

In every episode that the GCC has passed through, Kuwait has been the focal point. It has been applying foreign policies that are completely in line with the GCC strategy, even during the Iraq-Iran war, the later phase when Kuwait suffered from the consequences of its political stance at that time and after Kuwait was liberated from the Iraqi occupation.

Kuwait has always worked towards unifying the GCC vision despite having opinions that were determined by the then-circumstances at certain situations; nevertheless, it never stepped beyond the GCC consensus.

The political position of any country is not determined by the ordinary citizens or the political analysts, not even by the members of parliament. Instead, it is determined by the official statements issued by the Cabinet and the speeches made by its leaders. In many instances, such political positions can also be understood from the decisions taken by the country in line with its general stance.

In this regard, Kuwait-GCC political relations have always been clear from the beginning, such as from Kuwait’s participation in the Peninsular Shield Force when the Kingdom of Bahrain faced Iranian invasion under the disguise of some Bahraini terrorist groups.

Kuwait also participated in the ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ to protect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the Iranian incursion that used the Houthi rebels in Yemen. It also severed diplomatic ties with some countries in line with the GCC decision in that regard. In all these occasions, Kuwait has worked within the concept of the GCC structure.

His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah covered the above mentioned facts in his speech at the opening of the new parliamentary term. It was aimed to refresh the minds of some authorities about the basic features to be considered for interpreting these policies, either through the laws, procedures or official statements, in order to ensure the picture is complete.

After the decisive speech of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, there is no place for the slander of people who lack political awareness, who attempt to take actions aimed to fulfill their ally’s sectarian expansionism scheme or who strive to achieve personal gains by provoking political jumble.

Undoubtedly, the ceiling of freedoms of speech and expression is very high in Kuwait such that these people have taken them for granted. This is the reason why the country experienced obscenity in the recent years.

Nonetheless, to prevent the real image of Kuwait from being tarnished, it is imperative to activate the law and pursue those who commit transgressions, through their words and actions, against the internal security of the country.

Concerning Kuwait’s foreign policies, there are people in charge of drawing up and implementing these policies. However, there is no one better than the one who drew up the foreign policy of this country because he is a veteran school in that aspect.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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