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CAIRO, Feb 13: Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah renewed Kuwait’s strong condemnation of “unjustifiable Israeli brutality” against the Palestinian people in the occupied territories. “The State of Kuwait followed, with profound concern, the recent escalation of the brutal crimes which constitute a flagrant violation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and international law,” Sheikh Salem in his address to the High-Level Conference in Support of Jerusalem, hosted at the Arab League HQ in Cairo on Sunday.
The conference gathered, inter alia, Palestinian and Egyptian presidents, Mahmoud Abbas and Abdulfattah El-Sisi, respectively, King Abdullah II, of Jordan, and the League’s Secretary General Ahmad Abul-Gheit. Sheikh Salem, leading Kuwait delegation to the gathering, recalled the Israeli onslaught on the West Bank city of Jenin, where dozens of unarmed civilians were killed or injured, and the repeated storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem. Expressing condolences for the families of the Palestinian martyrs, he said, “The State of Kuwait calls on the international community to respond urgently and effectively to these violations and provide full protection to the brotherly people of Palestine. “Such brutality risks undermining the prospects of peace and fueling violence in the region,” the minister warned, holding the Israeli occupation authorities responsible for the consequences of the aggression.
On the legal status of Jerusalem, Sheikh Salem reiterated, on behalf of Kuwait, strong opposition to any unilateral attempts by Israel, the occupying authority, to tamper with the historical and legal status of the holy city, including the Muslim and Christian shrines there. “The State of Kuwait maintains strong belief in the legitimacy of the Palestinian cause and the righteous struggle of the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation.
“Accordingly, Kuwait stands by the Palestinian people and back their options for realizing a fair and comprehensive solution, ending the occupation, ensuring the return of refugees to their homeland, and establishing an independent state within the pre-June 4, 1967, borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, in keeping with the relevant UN resolutions, the two-state vision and the Arab initiative for peace,” he stressed. Sheikh Salem commended Resolution 781 of the Arab Summit, held in Algeria in early last November, to convene the High-Level Conference in Support of Jerusalem, saying that the resolution signaled that Palestine continues to be a top priority for the Arab countries. (KUNA)