- Kuwait Times Extra
KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, accompanied by HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, visited the Kuwait Army Officers Club Wednesday evening. Addressing the army officers, HH the Amir congratulated the armed forces on the holy month of Ramadan, hailing their national role in defending the national against looming perils. He urged everybody in the country to do their utmost in order to safeguard national unity, security and safety and to stand against any attempt to undermine national unity. He also reminded the personnel of the armed forces that they have the honor of defending the nation and protecting its territorial integrity.
On regional risks, the Amir said: “You should be aware of the sizeable risks and challenges haunting our region, which has become a flashpoint for continuing regional and international conflicts.” “There is no doubt that such growing threats threaten, in the first place, our supreme interest and our livelihood sources as well as the security and stability of the peoples of the entire region,” he said. “Therefore, such circumstances necessitate vigilance, preparedness and response to decisively square up to anybody who may try to harm the nation’s security, safety and stability,” Sheikh Sabah urged. He added that the government spared no effort to develop all the services of the Armed Forces and to supply them with sophisticated military equipment and to provide them with high-level military training courses. In this context, the Amir hailed the army command for great efforts to upgrade the personnel’s theoretical and practical military training level.
For his part, Chief of the General Staff of the Kuwait Army Lieutenant-General Khalid Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah congratulated the Amir on the holy month of Ramadan and thanked him for visiting the Kuwait Army Officers Club. He appreciated the Amir’s continuing support for the Armed Forces in order to be able to defend the nation’s sovereignty and independence. He said the Kuwait Army shares the Amir’s concerns over local, regional and international circumstances and risks, vowing that the Armed Forces will do their best to be among world sophisticated armies in all fields, including training and armament.
Sheikh Sabah then visited the Police Officers Club. Addressing the policemen, the Amir congratulated them on Ramadan, wishing Kuwait and all other Arab and Muslim countries welfare and prosperity. He thanked all policemen for their great efforts to maintain security and stability in the country and to protect the lives of citizens and residents and their interests as well as to safeguard public and private properties. He also appreciated their praiseworthy efforts to stand against any attempt by anybody to disrupt the nation’s security and stability or to undermine its social fabric.
The Amir even urged them to strictly apply law to everybody in the country. “The nation’s security and the protection of its safety and international front as well as national unity are above all considerations,” he said. However, he voiced concerns over seriously growing phenomena that threaten security and stability, but necessitate decisive action to wipe out relevant reflections. Taking drug use as one of such serious phenomena, the Amir urged anti-drug squads to exert more efforts to stop the spreading of drugs on Kuwait’s soil.
He also pointed out increasing car accidents, which urgently need to be reduced through effective plans, together with traffic congestion in most streets by day and at night, which causes high environmental pollution. He finally reminded policemen of their holy duty to protect Kuwait and its internal front.
For his part, Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry General Ghazi Al-Omar vowed that the Ministry of Interior is vigilantly resolved to square up to any bid to harm the country’s security and stability or citizens’ safety. But, he reiterated his country’s commitment to applying law in full coordination with the Kuwait Army and National Guard. He promised that Kuwaiti policemen would remain vigilant for the protection of national security and public safety.
Afterwards, the Amir visited the National Guard Officers Club, where he was welcomed by Chief of the National Guard HH Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah. Addressing National Guard officers, the Amir congratulated them on the holy month of Ramadan , urging them to stick to religious and traditional constants and to safeguard national unity. Stressing national unity, he said: “Our dear nation, through its honorable history, has never witnessed such sectarian, tribal and factional tensions. We are all living as a single Kuwaiti family which embodies the spirit of national unity and loyalty.”
He urged the National Guard to be always ready for protecting national security and safety and for applying law to everybody strictly and decisively. He also voiced confidence that they are standby for surrounding developments and circumstances in the Arab world. For his part, Undersecretary of the National Guard General Nasser Al-De’ai said all the officers of the National Guard are totally ready for sacrificing themselves for the sake of the dear nation.
He reaffirmed the National Guard personnel are always keen on developing themselves in order to be able to do their duty properly and efficiently. He also reassured the Amir that the National Guard is carrying out the replacement and retirement policy in line with objective criteria and systems with a view to ensuring maximum professionalism levels. In order to develop itself to play its due national role, the National Guard has clinched several cooperative protocols with ministries and authorities so as to avoid possible disruption at such strategic bodies. – KUNA
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