Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled: promoting citizenship strengthens communities

First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

KUWAIT, March 16 (KUNA) — First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said Wednesday promoting principles of citizenship would strengthen communities and contribute to better countries.
The constitution of Kuwait highlights principles and values that protect rights and dignity of people, as well as guaranteeing freedom of belief and expression, thus mirroring spirit and traditions of the Kuwaiti people, said Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy Khaled Al-Jarallah.
The speech was the opening of the first conference of the citizenship and development society, held under the theme “Citizenship is source of rights and obligations and development.” He said the constitution of Kuwait was in harmony with traditions of the people.
“The accelerating developments in the world and their impacts on our region make the strengthening of citizenship a major pillar of national security …,” he said.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled cited a speech by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who said the genuine citizenship was measured by sacrifice and dedication of the citizen to his or her country.
He commended the citizenship and development society for shedding light on importance of education which would contribute to boosting citizenship and genuine belonging.
Society Chairperson Sheikha Maimouna Al-Sabah development was generated by human beings and would benefit them as well.
“There is a strong relation between citizenship and development,” she added.
She said the true citizensip would only be achieved when the citizen knew his full rights, and worked hard to achieve it.
Sheikha Maimouna said the civil society organizations should play a leading role to promote citizenship and thus development. (end) hrz.bs