Cabinet commends His Highness Amir's Arab Summit “fruitful” participation

Cabinet weekly meeting chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
Cabinet weekly meeting chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

KUWAIT, Aug 1 (KUNA) — The government, holding its weekly meeting Monday, commended His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s “fruitful” participation in the recently-held Arab Summit in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott.
In a statement, the cabinet, chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, said the speech of His Highness the Amir highlighted the actual conditions of the Arab region and how to address them.
First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah briefed the cabinet members about the speech of His Highness the Amir, who warned against the tragic conditions in Syria and the humanitarian conditions of the Syrian people.
His Highness the Amir also highlighted that the international community has so far failed to solve the five-year-old crisis in Syria. He added that Kuwait hosted three donor conferences for the Syrian people and co-chaired a fourth one, all aimed at alleviating suffering of the Syrian people.
His Highness the Amir also noted, during the summit, that Kuwait-hosted Yemeni talks have not yet achieved a breakthrough, but pinned high hopes that negotiating parties could stop the bloodshed and restore security and stability in their country.
His Highness the Amir also called for stepping up the confrontation against terrorist groups. He said conditions in Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Sudan were alarming.
He said Kuwait would be hosting a conference on education in Somalia, and another one on the suffering of the Palestinian children.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Khaled Jarrah Al-Sabah briefed the cabinet about a recent meeting of Foreign and Defense ministers of the coalition fighting so-called Islamic State (IS), held in Washington D.C., US.
He said the ministers discussed ways of further coordinate political and military efforts to fighting IS.
Minister of Health Dr. Ali Al-Obaidi, for his part, underlined importance of the health insurance contract the government signed yesterday for the Kuwaiti retirees, whose number was estimated at 107,000.
The cabinet took note of a letter from Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to His Highness the Amir, inviting him to an international conference supporting economy and investment in Tunisia, due on November 29-30.
The cabinet members also took note of a letter from Chadian President Idriss Deby to His Highness the Amir over bilateral relations.
They also took note of a letter from Algerian prime minister Abdulmalek Sallal to His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak inviting him to visit Algeria.
The Cabinet, at the local economic front, endorsed a plan to “start rationalizing fuel subsidies where the prices will be restructured in harmony with the average rates” in the other member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
The ministers were briefed about recommendations presented by the economic affairs committee with respect of a proposal by the committee charged with revising various kinds of State subsidies, on setting fuel prices.
They approved the commission recommendation and decided to begin “rationalizing subsidies for benzene in the country, as part of the Government reform scheme where the fuel products’ prices will be restructured to be in harmony with the average rates in the other GCC states.
“The new pricing policy will be in effect as of September 1, 2016 in line with the policies adopted in the GCC countries.” The news prices are as following: Octane-91: 85 fils per liter, Octane-95: 105 fpl, Ultra-Premium: 165 fpl.
The new prices have been set after examining global rates.
Kuwait is the last GCC State to embark on “restructuring the fuel prices,” however the new ones remain the lowest among the Council countries, as well as globally.
Moreover, the Cabinet has tasked a special commission to re-examine the State subsidies and the fuel prices every three months, to be in harmony with the global rates.
The Cabinet, on eve of the 26th anniversary of the flagrant Iraqi invasion, urged the citizens to close ranks and maintain their national unity “so that Kuwait may be safeguarded under leadership of Their Highnesses the Amir and the Crown Prince.” The Government called on the Kuwaiti people, on this painful occasion, to learn lessons and seek to continue developing Kuwait for now and the future and stand together for maintaining the unity and the national bonds.
Such national unification is complementary to the march of the ancestors who have contributed to building the dear homeland. It is also necessary to maintain the blessing of security and stability “in shadow of our march leaders His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince.” The Cabinet, on eve of the aggression anniversary, recalled with “distress and bitter sentiments those who had fallen as martyrs, those had been taken as prisoners, as well as those who had been enlisted as missing from our dear homeland and sisterly States.” The ministers expressed gratitude to help provided by sisterly and friendly States as well as the brave stances that had helped Kuwait restore its sovereignty, freedom and integrity, “such aid will remain ingrained in the Kuwaitis’ consciousness.” They prayed for souls of the late great leaders, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah for “the sacrifices they had given in facing the blatant aggression and liberating the country from claws of the hateful occupation.” The cabinet condemned last week’s terrorist attack that targeted a church in a suburb of Rouen, northern France.
It reiterated Kuwait’s unwavering stance rejecting such criminal acts that go against religions and human values and norms, offering condolences to the government of France.
The ministers renewed a call to the international community to crystallize the world’s solidarity to fight all forms of terrorism, reaffirming Kuwait’s support to all efforts in that respect.
The so-called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for last Tuesday attack in which a priest was killed and other people were taken hostages. The two attackers were killed, and one hostage seriously injured, as the police special force intervened to free the hostages.
The Cabinet expressed hope the Yemeni parties would reach an accord within framework of the diplomatic process for sake of Yemen’s unity, regional security and stability.
The Cabinet, in its statement, said that the State of Kuwait “will continue the bids aimed halting the destructive war” in Yemen.
The ministers, during the session, were briefed by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled about the “contacts and developments that happened in the past week in the Yemeni consultations process, hosted by the State of Kuwait, that have been extended for a week in response to a UN request.” The Kuwaiti Cabinet called on the Yemeni parties to “seize the opportunity and work out a comprehensive agreement that ends the ongoing strife in their country and halt spilling the blood of the brotherly Yemeni people.” (end)