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Kuwait raises port security, has enough food for 6 months

Khaled Al-Roudhan

KUWAIT: Minister of Commerce and Industry and State Minister for Services Khaled Al-Roudhan on Friday issued a decision to raise port security level of facilities from one to two. Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) told KUNA in a statement that ministerial decree no. 448 orders a raise in security level of all port facilities in the country, both commercial and oil. The decision stresses to take necessary measures to protect ships and port facilities, it noted. In addition, it also comes in order to preserve the security of the country and its territory as well as ports due to conditions experienced by the region.

The ministry of commerce and industry also announced on Friday that Kuwait has strategic food reserves sufficient for six months. In a statement, the ministry affirmed its full readiness to cope with any emergency, affirming that all precautionary measures have been taken. The ministry added that it had taken all necessary measures and precautions with Kuwait Insurance Company and food supplies outlets throughout the country. Strategic stockpiles of food in warehouses are sufficient for six months and some of the amounts are enough for a whole year, it said in the official statement. It urged all concerned to seek information from “the right sources” before spreading it.

Kuwait Flour Mills and Bakeries Company affirmed yesterday readiness to cope “with ramifications that may emerge as a result of conditions in the region”. The company has also affirmed that the national strategic stockpiles of food supplies are sufficient for four to eight months. Chief Executive Officer Mutleg Al-Zayed has said in a statement that Kuwait devotes special concern for food, assuring citizens and residents that the company has supplies, namely bread, enough to cope with possible higher demand.

All bakeries throughout Kuwait are ready to meet the demand, he said, revealing that the company has a special plan to ensure delivery of its products to the cooperative stores and sale outlets “in a satisfactory fashion”. He indicated at past experience, when the company secured food supplies during crises, proving that Kuwait is an example to be followed at this level in the Gulf region.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Lt Gen Esam Al-Nahham affirmed Thursday that all sectors of the ministry are ready to address any eventuality. Security services are working around the clock to guard against any ramifications of the situation in the region, he said in a statement posted on the ministry’s Instagram account. Nahham made the comments after chairing a senior-level security meeting where he was briefed on the preparedness of all sectors of the ministry. The meeting was part of joint action by all sectors and coordination to address the possible scenarios of the developments in the region, the statement noted.

Nahham conveyed to the leaders of the security sectors the greetings of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Interior Anas Al-Saleh, who appreciates their dedication to protecting the country’s security and stability. Nahham reiterated the call for everybody to rely for news on official sources, such as the ministry’s security media department, and avoid circulating rumors that could jeopardize the safety and security of the country. – KUNA

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