Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry hit with resignations

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 27, (Agencies): The Kuwaiti Cabinet said Monday that continued collaboration between the executive and legislative authorities in line with Article (50) of the Constitution, is paramount. This came during the weekly Cabinet session led by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Acting Defense Minister Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah at Sief Palace. Boosting cooperation between the two branches will help facilitate implement political, social and economic reform, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Barrak Al-Shaitan said in a statement after the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet reviewed National Assembly’s session last Wednesday that discussed the State Audit Bureau (SAB) report on budgets of ministries, government authorities and their relevant and independent bodies, as well as their final accounts.

The Cabinet directed government bodies to take into consideration observations mentioned in the SAB report, and find required mechanisms to curb and avoid such notices, Al-Shaitan said. On the advent of the New Year 2023, the Cabinet congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and the Kuwaiti people on this occasion, wishing peace, security and stability to all. The Cabinet, then, discussed National Assembly affairs and reviewed its regular and complementary sessions held last Tuesday and Wednesday. Moreover, the Cabinet mourned former MP Khalaf Al-Enzi, who passed away last week, recalling his outstanding role in serving his country. On Arab and regional political affairs, the Cabinet expressed condemnation of the terrorist attack that targeted Iraq’s security forces, killing and wounding personnel.

The Cabinet affirmed Kuwait’s firm and principled position of rejecting violence and terrorism, expressing sincere condolences to the Iraqi government and people and wishing a rapid recovery to the injured. Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Al- Abdullah has accepted the resignations submitted by Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Ambassador Walid Al-Khubaizi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Protocol Affairs Ambassador Dhari Al-Ajran and Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Ambassador Ali Al- Saeed, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting diplomatic sources.

The sources indicated that the three resignations became effective Monday indicating such resignations are unreasonable and happens due to advantages of the privileges granted to leaders in the event of their resignation. The sources indicated that some of the leaders in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are expected to look into the resignations. Meanwhile, in other news the daily said the episodes of the series of resignations from senior officials continue, and the number of those who left positions in the state authorities rose to 16 leaders within 37 days — from November 17 until Dec 26 – which deepens problems and disrupts projects.

A local Arabic daily said given this situation, resignations are the main cause for confusion, poor planning, and laxity in the implementation of vital projects necessary to maintain roads and intersections, build bridges, and other development works that have become necessary to solve the traffic crisis and develop the road network.

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