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MPs hail Amir’s speech, urge nationwide unity – Sunni political groups strongly condemn mosque attack

KUWAIT: Nine Sunni Islamist groups, movements and personalities yesterday strongly condemned the suicide bombing on the Shiite mosque, stressing it was an attack against humanity and innocent people.

The groups called in a joint statement for national unity in the face of such terrorist attacks that aim at destabilizing the society by sowing seeds of dissent. The statement insisted that terrorism is not linked or related to Islam as a religion but a product of extremist ideologies embraced by ignorant people, adding that terrorism can happen and does take place in all societies and by all religions. They said that the Islamic trends in Kuwait are moderate in general and accordingly it is unfair to treat them on equal footing with extremists.

The groups declared their support for the interior ministry to crackdown and arrest the perpetrators but also called for providing legal protection for innocents. The statement also warned against exploiting the attack to force a change in the school textbooks under the claim that it contains extremist ideology.

Those who signed the statement include the Islamic Constitutional Movement, the Islamic Salaf Alliance, the Salafi Movement, Kuwait Preachers Society and others. In the meantime, National Assembly speaker Marzouk Al- Ghanem and several MPs hailed the speech of the Amir which he delivered yesterday on the occasion of the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan. Ghanem said in a statement that the Amir’s emphasis on national unity and fighting terrorism reflects his wisdom in leading the country and safeguarding its security and stability.

The speaker said that stances of the Amir have strengthened national unity and warded Kuwait against divisions. Deputy speaker MP Mubarak Al-Khrainej said the Amir has underscored the strength of Kuwait national unity and the ability of the Kuwaiti people to remain unaffected by attempts to undermine their security and unity. MP Madhi Al-Hajeri praised the Amir’s call for the international community to consolidate efforts to confront and eradicate terrorism so countries and people can live in peace.

MP Mansour Al-Dhafiri said the speech contained wise instructions and a thorough vision that all are urged to comprehend for Kuwait to sail to safety. Describing the speech as historical, Dhafiri called for translating his calls to strengthen efforts to contain sectarian tensions which threaten the very existence of nations. MP Faisal Al-Kundari said the speech has drawn a roadmap for true national unity and for tolerance in the society.

By B Izzak

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This article was published on 09/07/2015