Kuwaiti PM repeats support for rule of law, UN efforts for Ukraine ceasefire
September 22, 2022
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int’l: The Kuwaiti Amir's representative to the UN, Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah praised the United Nations for tackling "formidable challenges and severe crises". This requires global co-operation, not unilateral solutions, he said, speaking at the UN General Assembly 77th session in New York. He also praised the UN's global call to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Highlighting these challenges, he said they included the COVID pandemic, weapons of mass destruction proliferation, terrorism, natural disasters, climate change, poverty and the increasing warnings over food security.
Iraq Prime Minister (L) with Kuwait Prime Minister
KUWAITI Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah stressed Kuwait's unwavering support for international law and the UN charter in opposition to the use of force, or threats, in regards to the war in the Ukraine.
Kuwait supports UN and global efforts for de-escalation and a ceasefire to reach a peaceful resolution to the conflict, he said.
"The experiences of modern history have proven to us that peace, and its related mechanisms of mediation and dialogue, was and will always be the ideal resolution to conflicts, no matter how protracted they are."
On the Middle East crisis, he warned that tensions and instability will remain prevalent in the region so as long as the Palestinian people do not gain their legitimate rights and Israel does not stop ongoing encroachments on humanitarian law.
"We urge the need for efforts to relaunch negotiations according to a specific timeframe to reach comprehensive and just peace" in accordance with international law and the Arab peace initiative, he said, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with a capital of East Jerusalem along the borders of 1967.
In regards to the Syrian crisis, the prime minister blamed the absence of a "unified global position" on the matter and "foreign intervention" for the protraction of the conflict, which enters its 12th year.
"This represents one of the most gruesome examples of human suffering," he said, reiterating Kuwait's firm belief that a political resolution to the matter should be the ideal option rather than a military intervention.
Bahrain FM (L) with Kuwait PM
On the crisis in Yemen, the Kuwaiti prime minister reiterated his country's welcome for a UN-mediated truce, under Saudi Arabia's peace initiative, between warring sides.
He also called on Iran to take "serious measures" to build trust and dialogue with its Gulf neighbours, based on the respect of sovereignty and non-intervention in internal affairs, and for Tehran to limit tensions and safeguard the security and freedom of marine navigation in Gulf waters.
The prime minister went on to mention Kuwait's upcoming parliamentary elections, describing the event as a "democratic celebration".
"The government has provided all means necessary to respond to the needs of its nationals, and resolve their predicaments in accordance with the rule of law," he said, adding that this stems from the belief that aspirations for development may only be achieved through listening to the voices of the people.
He concluded by praising Qatar's upcoming plans to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup as an "exceptional success" for the country, considering its accomplishment as the first Arab country to hold the illustrious global footballing event.
The chief executive officers of American companies (L) with Kuwait PM
MEETING WITH CEOs
Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf also met in New York with the chief executive officers of American companies.
The meeting was attended by Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, Director General of the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) Sheikh Dr. Mishal Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Undersecretary of His Highness the Prime Minister's Diwan Sheikh Khaled Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, Director of the Office of His Highness the Prime Minister Hamad Bader Al-Amer, Board Member and Managing Director of the Kuwait Investment Authority Ghanem Suleiman Al-Ghunaiman and Kuwait Ambassador to the United States, Jasem Al-Budaiwi.
During the meeting with a delegation of the American companies
The meeting focused on the economic and investment developments in Kuwait and the global economic situation as well as the government measures and programs to encourage international companies and economic institutions to invest in Kuwait to help materialize its plans to diversify income sources, increase private sector's contributions to the national economy, create new job opportunities, and boost Kuwaiti workers productivity.
His Highness the Prime Minister pointed out that his meetings with representatives of the American companies came in implementation of His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince's directives to open prospects for constructive cooperation with American economic institutions and benefit from their experiences in various fields.
During the meeting with a representative of the American companies
He also affirmed Kuwait's readiness to provide all means of support and facilitation for investors and to create a solid and developed investment environment.
For his part, KDIPA Director-General Sheikh Dr. Mishal described His Highness the Prime Minister meetings with representatives of the American companies as positive and fruitful.
He expected that these meetings would help attract new direct investment flows into Kuwait to achieve the objectives of the New Kuwait Vision 2035.
During the meeting with a representative of the American companies
He hailed the continuous cooperation between the KDIPA and other relevant government bodies to improve business environment in order to attract international companies with real added value and create direct job openings for national cadres in all fields and at all administrative levels.
During the meeting with a delegation of the US Chamber of Commerce
NEW YORK MEETINGS:
Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf received at his residence in New York City the following:
• members of the US Chamber of Commerce. The meeting tackled the measures taken by Kuwait on commercial and credit facilities to create an attractive commercial and investment environment. They also discussed the laws necessary to improve the business environment and enhance competitiveness and investment opportunities;
During the meeting of Iraqi Delegation
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi: they discussed means to upgrade bilateral relations to serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples as well as issues of common interest.
• Foreign Minister of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani: They discussed means to bolster bilateral relations to serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples as well as issues of common interest on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly session.