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Al-Ghanim had significant role in supporting Iraq

Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah. — KUNA

Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Salim Al-Jabouri said that Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim had a significant role in the decision to make Iraq the venue to host the Islamic Parliaments conference in 2016. Al-Ghanim has also provided support for Iraq to host the parliamentary event next year, Al-Jabouri said an interview with the Kuwaiti-based Al- Majlis TV channel Wednesday on the sidelines of his current visit to the country. Iraq sought to host the parliamentary conference out of its desire to be part of the Arab and Islamic system, Al-Jabouri said, asserting his country’s need for friends’ assistance in this regard, notably Kuwait due to its closeness and interaction with events in Iraq. He also said that his country has been isolated from its Arab surrounding for a period of time, adding that hosting such events is necessary in order to attain unison with neighboring countries. The Kuwaiti-Iraqi relations are distinctive and share a clear and united vision in facing the region’s challenges, the Iraqi Speaker said, noting that hosting the event in Iraq is a clear and direct message by Islamic nations against terrorism.

Terrorist attacks
On Iraq’s return to its pivotal role in the region, he said that his country is still suffering from terrorist attacks, as well as international and regional interventions which affected the Iraqi people and their relationships towards each other. On the political system in Iraq, Al-Jabouri noted that the political regime has not seen stability so far despite commitment in political dues such as parliamentary elections, government formation, and presidency, stressing the importance to preserve the country’s official and constitutional institutions, as well as their elements. He also pointed out that elements of current chaos in Iraq are not only triggered by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but also from other militant militias and armed groups, adding that the sectarian discrimination in Iraq has affected aspirations of Iraqis due to some negative actions by some politicians. The Iraqi Speaker stressed the importance of political participation in his country in order to attain demands and interests of all components of the Iraqi society, confirming that the point of understanding starts from a real partnership among the society’s components and an effective participation in building the country. On participation of the popular mobilization forces with the Iraqi army in facing ISIL, Al-Jabouri said that there is a large number of Iraqis who rushed to aid Iraqi security forces, many among whom died while defending the country. On Iraq’s future, the Iraqi Speaker confirmed that he is exerting all efforts in favor of Iraq’s unity and attaining harmony among Iraqis in order to overcome challenges. — KUNA

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This article was published on 17/07/2015