First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

KUWAIT: Kuwait is committed to the stance of Arab nations towards Israel, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said yesterday. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled’s remarks came in response to a question posed by an MP regarding common Arab practice on how to deal with Israel during international congregations, noting that Arab delegations have typically stayed put whenever an Israeli official addresses major assemblies.

Moreover, he added that Arab nations are cognizant that Israel is a member of the United Nations (UN), which entitles it to certain positions and rights, thus, it is incumbent upon Arab delegations to remain seated during speeches by Israeli officials. Speaking on Kuwait’s commitment to the Arab position towards Israel, the Foreign Minister said that Kuwaiti officials have always reprimanded Israel in speeches at international events, while pressing the international community to shore up support for Palestine.

Furthermore, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled noted that Arab nations’ animosity towards Israel is embedded in resolutions issued by the Arab League, ones that Kuwait strictly adheres to. To further reinforce Kuwait’s commitment to that position, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled paraphrased His Highness the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, when he said that “Kuwait will be the last Arab nation to have ties with Israel.” The Foreign Minister also underscored that Kuwait will remain firm in its support of the Palestinian cause, part of a concerted Arab stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Bombing of civilian
In another development, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the constant bombing of civilians and the shelling of humanitarian aid convoys in Aleppo, Syria. OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani said in a statement, Monday, that the relentless pounding, slaughter, and destruction of humanitarian aid convoys amount to war crimes for which the Syrian regime should be held accountable. Madani called on the international community, particularly the parties that pledged to impose an end to the bloodshed in Syria and consolidate the humanitarian cease-fire, to promptly step in to put an end to the ongoing killings and massacres in residential areas.

Furthermore, Madani discussed the deteriorating situation in Aleppo with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as part of their bilateral meeting held in Ban’s office at the UN Headquarters on the sidelines of Madani’s participation in the ongoing 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He stressed the need for the UN to move by virtue of its mandate and obligations as enshrined in the UN Charter in a bid to stem the flagrant violations of human rights in Aleppo. – Agencies