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Kuwait gives priority to address Islamic world concerns

Deputy FM Al-Jarallah during the Council’s 45th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 5, (KUNA): Kuwait has vowed to give priority to efforts to address the concerns of the Islamic world in collaboration with the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The State of Kuwait, that received support to have a nonpermanent seat at the UN Security Council, will work as hard as ever giving a priority to dispelling the concerns of the Islamic world, and face challenges, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah told the Councils’s 45th Session of the Council that kicked off in Bangladesh Saturday.

The country will exert utmost efforts to boost the role of the OIC’s Council for maintaining the international security and peace, he added. This ministerial session comes at a time when the Islamic world is facing escalating incidents, massive challenges, catastrophes and crises, which prompt detailed research and discussions to face, Al-Jarallah said. He added that Islam and its teachings of toleration are still facing unprecedented distortion by terrorist groups that claim to be Islamic while committing heinous criminal acts.

Despite the victories the world has achieved against terrorist groups and organizations, their danger remains over there, “threatening our security, and the world at large, and undermining our stability, and future,” Al-Jarallah noted. This urges us to carry on with our endeavors and double our efforts, in cooperation with the international community, to eradicate that perilous scourge,” he said.

“We are also required to explore means of enhancing our Islamic action to face the political, economic and economic challenges facing our Islamic world. Magnitude of challenges and danger requires joint work and efforts to counter,” Al-Jarallah said.

The deputy foreign Minister also addressed developments in Yemen and reiterated Kuwait’s condemnation of the launch of ballistic missiles from Yemeni territories on Saudi Arabia. These missiles targeted Makkah, and the Kingdom’s security and stability, and horrified innocent people, Al-Jarallah said. He commended the efforts of the Saudi-led Arab coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen to remedy the humanitarian condition in Yemen.

In the meantime, Al-Jarallah wished “brothers in Iraq” successful parliamentary election, by the end of May. He hoped final results would reflect representation of all components of the Iraqi people to maintain the country’s unity and cohesion, paving the way for a stage of reconstruction. He pointed to Kuwait’s hosting of Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq in February, which mustered international success for the country.

Al-Jarallah voiced high appreciation for Bangladesh’s efforts to help the Rohingya refugees, victims of brutal aggression and ethnic cleansing at home. He reaffirmed Kuwait’s support to the “Rohingya brothers.” Kuwait took the initiative and organized the Security Council’s first visit to both Myanmar and Bangladesh (April 28- May 1) to inspect the conditions of the Rohingya Muslims.

The recent mission was co-led by Kuwait, the UK and Peru, he said. He noted that Kuwait had offered logistic support to secure success for the mission, saying that the country would carry on with humanitarian aid to alleviate the sufferings of the refugees.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh on Saturday called for reshaping “the joint strategy” of the Arab nations to employ the nation abundant resources to achieve economic prosperity and social progress. Islamic nation constitutes fifth of the globe population and possesses strategic resources, amid some emerging economies, thus “there is no reason whatsoever to justify backwardness,” said Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, addressing the 45th session of the ministerial Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. “Development is one of our rights and economic prosperity is at hand and social progress falls within limits of our capacities thus we must re-design our strategy for joint Islamic action,” the premier said. She called on the OIC member states to seek to restore confidence in Islam as a doctrine, tackle menace of sectarianism and stop exploiting religion as a tool to divide societies or serve marginal political goals.

As to inter-Islam divisions, the premier called for dialogue to tackle differences among the Muslims. “Spilling blood is unnecessary and useless for settling issues,” she pointed out. She called on Islamic states to take a firm stance on side of the Muslim Rohingya to restore their dignity and security, noting that her nation is hosting more than one million of these oppressed Muslims who fled Myanmar seeking safety and refuge.

Premier Hasina called on the international community to coerce Myanmar honor the agreement, worked out with Bangladesh early this year, to secure safe return of the Rohingya. A Kuwaiti delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah is partaking in the session. The delegation comprises Assistant foreign Minister for the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Office Ayham Al-Omar, Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organizations, Minister Plenipotentiary Nasser Al-Hain, Kuwaiti Consul in Jeddah and Permanent Representative at OIC Wael Al-Enezi

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