Kuwait Amir heads Cabinet meeting after GCC summit
KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah headed an extraordinary Cabinet meeting at Bayan Palace yesterday to discuss the results of the recently-concluded Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit he had attended in Bahrain. The meeting was held in the attendance of HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and National Assembly Speaker Ali Al- Rashed. A concluding statement, on behalf of the ministers, was read out by the State Minister for Cabinet Affairs and State Minister for Municipality Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al- Abdallah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah upon the conclusion of the meeting.
The statement read that HH the Amir briefed the attending ministers on the decisions, adopted by the GCC heads of states meeting which ended on Tuesday, which called for conforming to supreme council resolutions aimed at achieving GCC integration in the fields of security, the economy, human rights, the environment and social, cultural and political affairs.
The GCC Summit also affirmed the need for the development of united defensive capabilities and the adoption of the amended version of the GCC security agreement in order to attain stability and security in the states. HH the Amir expressed his appreciation of the speech delivered by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, which called for the transition of the GCC to confederation status. GCC leaders, in turn, thanked HH the Amir’s proposal for Kuwait to host a Syrian donors’ conference, aimed at providing humanitarian assistance for the people affected by the political crisis in that country.
The warm hospitality and hosting of the summit by Bahrain was thanked by HH the Amir, who expressed gratitude for the good organization carried out by Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa. HH the Amir also briefed the ministers on separate sideline meetings he had held with leaders during the summit. For their part, HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Ali Al-Rashed and HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah each expressed their appreciation of the efforts assumed by HH the Amir and GCC leaders, pledging their full support of the decisions which arose out of the meeting. Meanwhile on the local scale, HH the Amir urged the need for accelerated efforts to implement government plans for development in the country, stressing on the education sector in order to achieve the aims of developing manpower in the country along with the importance of better cooperation between the legislative (parliament) and executive (cabinet) branches of the political set-up in the country.
HH the Amir met at Bayan Palace yesterday with president of the Kuwaiti chamber of commerce Ali Muhammad Thenayan al-Ghanim and chairpersons of GCC union of chambers of commerce. The meeting was held on the occasion of the 41st convening of the union’s meeting to take place in Kuwait.
HH the Amir also met with the board chairperson of the union of Kuwaiti banks Hamad Al-Marzouq and members of the union’s board. Furthermore, HH the Amir met with board chairperson of the Investment Company Bader al-Sebaiei, board chairperson of the union of manufacturers Hussein al-Kharafi, and board chairperson of the union of real estate developers Tawfiq Al-Jarrah, where they submitted altogether a unified memo to HH the Amir in which they embodied their perception of the approaches needed to push ahead the national economy. Attending HH the Amir’s meetings today was minister of the Amiri Diwan Sheikh Ali Jarrah al-Sabah.