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Arab foreign ministers laud Kuwait’s support to UNRWA

Sheikh Sabah Khaled meets UNRWA Commissioner General

150th session of Arab League Foreign Ministers meeting in progress in Cairo

CAIRO, Sept 12, (KUNA): The council of Arab League has voiced its appreciation for Kuwait’s role in supporting the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem funds.

This came on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 150th session of Arab League foreign ministers meeting held in Cairo. The council stressed its rejection of attempts aiming to reduce or stop financial support for UNRWA through systematic Israeli campaigns. It warned against any decision taken by any country, including the United States, in this regard.

The conferees expressed appreciation for efforts by member states hosting the Palestinian refugees and other members contributing to backing UNRWA, mainly Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar. They called on member states to implement resolutions of the 2017 Jordan summit on increasing the capital of Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem funds by $500 million.

The council condemned Israel’s settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian land, including East Jerusalem. It reiterated that such illegal settlements violate international law, calling for implementing the resolutions of all Arab summits on ending the Israeli blockade, rebuilding the Gaza Strip.

Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah met on Tuesday with Commissioner General for the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees’ Pierre Krahenbuhl on the sideline of the 150th session of the Arab League Ministerial Council meeting held in Cairo.

The efforts and humanitarian role of the UNRWA in alleviating the suffering of the Palestinian refugees were discussed during the meeting along with the difficulties faced by the agency. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled lauded the agency’s efforts in providing all the needs of the Palestinian refugees in various fields. During the meeting, Krahenbuhl praised Kuwait for its historic role and support to the Palestinian refugees and to the UNRWA activities.

The meeting was attended by Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs Fahad Al-Awadhi, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Egypt Mohammad Al-Thuwaikh, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Saleh Al-Logani, and Kuwait’s Permanent Representative at the League Ahmad Al-Bakr.

The Council of Arab States unanimously approved on Wednesday the appointment of Kuwaiti candidate Abdullah Sorour Al-Mutairi as Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States for a period of five years from the date of starting work. The Council also decided at its 150th session to appoint Kuwait’s candidate Osama Al-Thuhaykh as Chairman of the Permanent Arab Committee for Human Rights for two years.

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