KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Cabinet has ordered separate investigations into already awarded public tenders. The order, which was done during a customary cabinet meeting headed by His Highness Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, came following requests by some state agencies to scrap previously awarded public tenders. The cabinet asked the concerned minister to conduct all-out investigations in order to find the reason for failure to sign relevant contracts in spite of earlier awarding decrees and available financial allocations. Necessary legal action must be taken in case of proven fraud in this regard, the cabinet instructed. Also locally, the cabinet asked the Public Authority for Communications and Information Technology to carry out a territorial communication pathway, upon a relevant recommendation from its economic committee.
At the onset of the meeting, First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah briefed the cabinet on the outcomes of his recent visit to Bahrain, including his meetings with the kingdom’s leaders. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah apprised his colleague of the results of a recent visit to Kuwait by Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, during which mutual issues were discussed and a consultation memorandum of understanding was signed.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled did the same thing regarding Indian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs V K Sing’s latest visit to the country, together with his talks with Kuwaiti officials on ways of promoting bilateral cooperative ties in all fields. He also expounded on the outcomes of talks with Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Iraq Jan Kubis in Kuwait on Thursday, which focused on the issues of Kuwaiti prisoners of war, missing, properties and national archives, as well as Iraq’s reconstruction conference due in Kuwait on February 12-14.
The ministers were further briefed by Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah on Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdelaziz bin Saud’s meetings with Kuwaiti officials on bilateral security cooperation. In Arab and Muslim domains, the Kuwaiti cabinet highly commended Jordanian security authorities for having recently aborted a terrorist plan by the so-called Islamic State (IS) to target the kingdom.
It also sharply condemned recent attacks in Pakistan and Iraq, which left a number of policemen and people killed or wounded. In this regard, the cabinet reiterated Kuwait’s principled and unwavering stand that decries terrorism in all manifestations and forms, while urging the international community to step up efforts to fight terrorism and thwart terrorist acts that breach all heavenly religions and human values and norms. – KUNA