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Cabinet okay to fund frontline heroism

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INCENTIVES TO OVER 50,000 WITHIN A MONTH

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 1, (Agencies): Kuwait’s Cabinet at a session on Monday agreed to hand out financial incentives to over 50,000 COVID-19 frontliners, including 1,370 illegal residents, within a month. This decision comes after the list of those entitled to the handouts, as per the directions of the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, was completed by relevant authorities.

HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid chairs Monday’s virtual Cabinet meeting.

The move is currently being monitored by both His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah. The sums will initially be distributed to the Ministry of Health followed by the Ministry of Interior, then other government bodies who were part of the endeavor, Health Minister Dr Khaled Al-Saeed told fellow ministers.

Minister Al-Saeed went on to outline the country’s current COVID-19 status, describing it as “unstable” due to the rise in infections, hospitalisations and intensive care unit occupancy. He said that the vaccination campaign for 5-11 year-olds, which started earlier this week, will initially target those vulnerable before others, going on to underline the safety and efficacy of the jabs administered by the ministry.

In their discussion of regional political affairs, the ministers expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the Houthi militia’s terrorist attack on the United Arab Emirates, after the group fired a ballistic missile at the Gulf Arab country. Kuwait supports the UAE in any measures it takes to protect its security and stability, the ministers reiterated. They also condemned the missile attack on Iraq’s Baghdad International Airport, expressing their rejection of all forms of violence and fundamentalism and their support of Baghdad in steps taken to ensure safety and stability. Ministers were also briefed by Foreign Minister and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Dr Ahmad Naser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah on the results of the concluded Arab League ministerial talks in Kuwait and his recent visits to Beirut, Brussels and Washington.

Minister Sheikh Dr Ahmad’s efforts received praise from the cabinet, particularly his recent tour, which they agreed outlined Kuwait’s intention to strengthen partnerships and friendly ties with the international community, support mediation and spread peace and tolerance globally. They also congratulated Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah, after he passed a vote of confidence following a parliamentary interpellation raised by lawmaker Hamdan Al- Azmi at the National Assembly.

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