"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.
Addressing 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 Kuwait.
In addition, the Kuwaiti leadership and government always strives to solve the problems facing the nation, he stressed.
The 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.
Furthermore, 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.
It also manages to establish housing funds by finding the applicants cheap, interest-free loans, and by creating work opportunities.
"And, 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 Ambassador explained.
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.
"Our 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 attended".
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.
On the 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.
"The 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 world as a whole," the Ambassador cautioned.