‘Memory of invasion chance for us to remember duty to nation’

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Cannot forget martyrs: Speaker

Marzouq Al-Ghanim

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 1, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Parliament Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim said Thursday that the memory of the 1990 Iraqi invasion on Kuwait is a chance “for us to remember our lessons towards our nation.” The Speaker made his remarks ahead of the annual memorial of the Iraqi invasion over Kuwait back in 1990, saying, “We might be busy all year long with our lives and get carried away, but on the 2nd of August we should take a moment with ourselves to rearrange our priorities towards our country.”

“The Iraqi invasion was very bitter but it has been a true test for our patriotism and revealed our true identity, it has taught us a lot,” he continued. “We do not forget our martyrs who sacrificed their lives for this country, and our Arab and Muslim brothers who stood by us through this crisis,” he added.

Al-Ghanim concluded his statement by asking Allah Almighty to protect Kuwait, to preserve his grace “upon us” and wished Kuwait more development and prosperity.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the Iraqi parliament Muhammad Al-Halbousi assured on Thursday Kuwait’s support to the Iraqi government and reconstruction efforts. This came during a meeting held with the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul- Mahdi, said the Iraqi parliament in a statement.

In the meeting, they reviewed results of Al- Halbousi’s recent visit to Kuwait, where he discussed ways of investing the money allocated for Iraq at Kuwait International Conference held earlier on the Reconstruction of Iraq. The Kuwaiti side confirmed its commitment to the outcomes of the conference in supporting the Iraqi government, in the reconstruction process and providing services needed to citizens in order to achieve stability, the statement quoted Al-Halbousi as saying Al-Halbousi, accompanied by a high-ranking delegation, paid three-day official visit to Kuwait last week. The Iraqi officials and legislators discussed with their Kuwaiti counterparts means of investing the $30 billion fund, pledged at the previously held Kuwait conference for aiding Iraq.

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