Kuwait lauds UN role on COVID-19; Palestine ‘central’.

Representative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Friday commended the exceptional roles played by the UN to face the novel coronavirus pandemic.

        In this photo provided by the United Nations, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept 25. (AP)

This came during Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled’s speech at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. The roles were shown through harnessing all methods and measures to address this pandemic by accelerating work on providing vaccines, diagnostic tools, and treatment to all people and everywhere, he said. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled congratulated Volkan Bozkir on being elected President of UN General Assembly, expressing Kuwait’s full support to facilitate the assembly’s works and responsibilities, and appreciating efforts made by former UNGA president Tijani Mohammed-Bandi. The 75th session of the UNGA is being held amid unprecedented conditions, which affected the whole world, he said, referring to the repercussions of the novel coronavirus on all countries across the globe.

He offered sincere condolences to the world’s peoples and countries over those died due to the pandemic. He stressed the importance of enhancing the implemented environmental, social, healthy and economic systems, pointing to the deaths of 960,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the infections of more than 3 million others as well as the highest waves of recession the world didn’t see since the aftermath of World War II.

The pandemic has contributed to increasing crises the countries are suffering from and enlarged challenges facing their people of which unfortunately the Arab and Middle Eastern region have got the largest share, despite the presence of written solutions and the described remedial methods represented in the abundant amount of international references of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly’s resolutions and outcomes, he noted. However, the chronic challenge regarding implementing and seriously dealing with their provisions remained an obstacle to move forward towards achieving the desired progress, he stated.

Within the framework of its responsibilities to back efforts of the international community to combat the pandemic, Kuwait donated about $290 million, stressing its commitment to cooperation so as to support all international efforts to facilitate producing vaccines and offer them fairly to the neediest countries. He announced that Kuwait is ready to host critical cases of the UN’s employees and the field workers in Central and Western Asia infected by the coronavirus to receive treatment in hospitals in Kuwait.

On Palestine, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said the Palestinian issue still has a central, historical and pivotal position in the Arab and Islamic worlds, affirming Kuwait’s firm and steadfast stance in supporting the choices of the Palestinian people to obtain their legitimate rights. He also stressed the importance of continuing efforts to resume negotiations within a specific timetable to reach a just and comprehensive peace in accordance with the references of the peaceful process, international legitimacy decisions, the Arab peace initiative, and end the Israeli occupation as well as establish an independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the borders before June 4, 1967.

He appreciated, in this context, all international efforts aimed at resolving this key issue. On Yemen, he said that the continuation of Yemen’s crisis, which poses dangerous threats to regional stability and security, is a clear signal of a reality on how to deal with the relevant resolutions and outcomes of the UN Security Council, stressing the importance of implementing the Stockholm Agreement.

“In this context, we renew our firm position that the Yemeni crisis can only be resolved politically based on the three agreed upon references, the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanisms, the outcomes of the national dialogue and the UN resolutions mainly 2261, renewing our support to all efforts made by UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Yemen aimed at resuming the political process to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis,” he said.

Source- Arab Times.

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