Kuwait anti-terror efforts underlined

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KUWAIT CITY, March 7: Kuwait exerts great efforts to fight terrorism and dry out its sources and plays an effective role as a member of the Global Coalition against DAESH during its coleadership of the Coalition’s Foreign Terrorist Fighter Working Group, in addition to Turkiye and the Netherlands, said a Kuwaiti official. Addressing a meeting of the group held in Kuwait on Tuesday, Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said the gathering aimed at finding a clear-cut mechanism to reintegrate foreign fighters into their societies after putting them under rehabilitation programs following fair trials pursuant to human rights principles.

Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi speaking during the conference

The meeting, hosted in Kuwait for the second time, is primarily meant to weigh the coalition’s latest efforts to eliminate Daesh and to look into joint efforts exerted by the working group to address the impacts of the inflow of foreign fighters into flashpoints, he remarked. He reiterated the significance of countries’ commitment to taking all necessary measures to fight terrorism with all its forms and manifestations as per international humanitarian law only out of its belief in the great role of the United Nations (UN) and its bodies to ensure security and stability across the world. In this context, he pointed out UN Resolution 2254 adopted to back the legitimate ambitions of the Syrian people for political transition and an end to the ongoing conflict in Syria. On several occasions, the State of Kuwait has secured and facilitated the safe and smooth repatriation of foreign fighters’ families, including women and children, to their own countries via Ali Al-Salem Airbase.

Since 2019, Kuwait, in collaboration with international partners, has aided in the repatriation of 648 fighters and their families from 12 countries of different continents to their own countries, he added. The official restated Kuwait’s commitment to working with the Global Coalition against DAESH for putting in place Kuwait’s principles adopted during the coalition’s first meeting in the Asian continent in February 2018. He listed these principles as preventing Daesh’s finance sources, impeding its terrorist capabilities, sharing relevant information, facilitating the repatriation of terrorist fighters and ensuring their rehabilitation and reintegration. The principles also include supporting Iraq’s transition from stabilization to sustainable reconstruction, the Kuwaiti diplomat pointed out. (KUNA)

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