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Speaker laments lack of stability, security, wars in the Arab world

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 19: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim stressed the need to strengthen coordination in addressing issues concerning Arab countries in a speech he delivered at the Fourth Arab Parliament Conference in Cairo, Egypt. He expressed sorrow over the headlines on issues included in the document on the conference; such as the Syrian, Yemeni, Libyan and Somali crises. He is sad and worried because many Arab countries have failed to achieve stability and security; thereby, making the other issues in the document appear trivial. He wondered how important issues like women empowerment and youth development will be addressed during wars and armed struggles among civilians.

He asked: How can we talk about democracy and human rights in countries where no sound is louder than the sound of war? Al-Ghanim also emphasized the importance of holding meetings and forums regularly to enhance consultation and coordination; otherwise, every country will be isolated, while the Arab countries will lack even the minimum level of coordination, communication and solidarity. According to the modern world criteria on culture, politics and economy; this should not happen.

A minor failure in one Arab country will, sooner or later, have a negative impact on other countries regardless of geographic distances, he asserted. He said the topics included in the document are important, but what matters most is cooperation towards addressing them. He then underscored the significance of adopting a united stand on such issues and rearranging priorities.

He also stressed the need to keep the door open for discussion and brain storming. He expressed his gratitude to the Arab League and the Arab Parliament for holding the joint assemblies, indicating such meetings should continue either on the level of Speakers of Arab Parliaments or through workshops and technical meetings. He affirmed the readiness of Kuwait’s National Assembly to host joint activities among MPs and Secretariats General of the Arab parliaments.

In another development, MP Ahmad Al-Hamad submitted a proposal to form a committee under the Cabinet to follow up the implementation of mega projects like the railway, metro and new residential cities; as well as coordinate with the concerned ministries and institutions regarding these projects. He also proposed the establishment of an air conditioned pedestrian bridge and escalators between Qadsiya and Mansouriya. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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