"Kuwait far from turmoil in Arab world", Ambassador
Kuwait is far from the turmoil taking place in a number of Arab
countries for many good reasons, Kuwait's Ambassador, and the Dean of
the Diplomatic Corps to the UK, Khaled Al Duwaisan asserted.
the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth council at the House of
Commons, the envoy made it clear that one of the main reasons is that
there are no differences between the ruling establishment and the people
In addition, the Kuwaiti leadership and government always strives to solve the problems facing the nation, he stressed.
Ambassador noted that the "biggest proof was when the Kuwaiti people
stood by their rulers when Iraq invaded the country and occupied it".
The Kuwaiti people "ultimately" refused any other ruler but their own Amir", he underscored.
the Kuwaiti government, since the discovery of oil, has focused on the
welfare of its people and on maintaining education, health and
infrastructure, Al Duwaisan pointed out.
The Kuwaiti government also offers free education on all levels, and it provides a free health system, he went on.
also manages to establish housing funds by finding the applicants
cheap, interest-free loans, and by creating work opportunities.
most importantly, there is a constitution in Kuwait which was adopted
in 1962, which sets out the distribution and separation of powers: the
executive powers, the legislative powers and the judicial powers. There
is also an elected National Assembly with four women MPs", the Kuwaiti
He said that the Arab world is facing a
huge problem in the future, as the UN already acknowledges, because the
Arab world needs to find 100,000 jobs in the next ten years, and the
Arab countries need to combine their efforts together, in order to find a
solution for this dilemma in the future, especially as more than sixty
per cent of the population is under 25 years old. They also need to
introduce political reforms for this purpose, "because some regimes have
disconnected themselves from their own people".
Turning to the
historic relations between Britain and Kuwait, Al Duwaisan said that
these ties go back for more than 200 years. However, he recalled that
they had been crowned with the signing of the 1899 Friendship Agreement
between the two countries. This agreement was the first stage of
"advanced, well-rooted and sophisticated bi-lateral relations between
them", he explained.
The UK agreed to protect the State of Kuwait
against any external threats at that time: the Ottoman Empire, Germany
and Russia, in exchange for consultation on foreign policy and no
intervention in Kuwait's domestic affairs.
On the recent Kuwaiti
celebrations, the Ambassador said that Kuwait had just celebrated 50
years of independence, the 20th Anniversary of the liberation from Iraqi
aggression, and the 5th anniversary of the accession of HH the Amir,
Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, to the throne.
British friends have taken part in these anniversaries with us British
Prime Minister David Cameron was in Kuwait last Tuesday, John Major, who
was Prime Minister during the Liberation War, the former Labour PM Tony
Blair, and other senior military commanders and officials, also
The envoy said that Britain stood alongside Kuwait
during its hour of need in 1961 when Abdulkarim Kassem threatened the
country, and in 1990 when it was invaded by Saddam.
deadlocked Middle East Peace Process, Al Duwaisan urged all friendly
countries to put pressure on Israel to accept the Arab peace initiative
of 2002, in which all Arab States have agreed on the recognition of
Israel and the normalisation of diplomatic relations, in exchange for a
complete Israeli withdrawal from the territories it occupied after 1967.
alternative would be terrorism and extremism, which would have a
negative impact not only on the security and stability of the Middle
East, but on the