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Kuwait seeks nuke-free Mideast, promotes security and stability

JEDDAH: His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Saturday delivered Kuwait speech to the Jeddah Security and Development Summit, which gathered the leaders of the GCC states, United States, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

Welcoming the other leaders, His Highness the Crown Prince conveyed to them the greetings of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He thanked Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for their warm hospitality and “the special preparation” for the summit.  “This is fourth important summit meeting between the GCC member countries and the friendly United States, with which we have deep-rooted historic relationship and strategic interests,” he noted.

“The summit gains additional significance as it coincides with accelerated exceptional challenges in the region, including the political, economic and security threats, which require more consultation and coordination. To address such challenges, we need to reach a clear-cut vision for strengthening security and stability in this critical part of the world through cooperation with our strategic partner – the United States and the sisterly Arab countries represented here today – the Kingdom of Jordan, the Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Iraq,” His Highness the Crown Prince said.

“I’d like to welcome President Joe Biden, who is on his first trip to the region to take part in this strategic summit, recalling with pride the level of our relationship with friendly the United States and the outstanding achievements in various fields. “With gratitude, we, the leadership and people of Kuwait, recall the prominent role of the US and our brothers in the GCC, notably the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and other peace-loving countries, in the Kuwait Liberation Operation against the Iraqi invasion in 1990.

JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) bumps fists with US President Joe Biden at Al-Salam Palace in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. – AFP

“Kuwait takes pride in belonging to this blessed grouping, the GCC, which make outstanding achievements over the past four decades. “The GCC pursues confidently commitment to the strategic partnership with the United States based on belief in its inevitability amidst the accelerated developments, which require more cooperation and integration. We in the GCC hope that this summit will be a new starting point for addressing all outstanding issues of the Middle East, on top of which is the Palestine question.”

“We call for more action to advance the peace process based on the international legitimacy, the UN resolutions and the Arab peace initiative to ensure the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” he pointed out. His Highness the Crown Prince called on Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the GCC states, and the international community to rid the Middle East of nuclear weapons.

He also urged more action to prevent terrorist attacks on civilian targets and vital utilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and combat the threats to international shipping routes. On the Ukraine crisis, he called for reaching a political solution based on the rules of the international law and the UN Charter that provide for respecting the sovereignty of states and their territorial safety and political independence.

Meanwhile, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman on Saturday inaugurated Jeddah Security and Development Summit with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, and the United States, Egypt, Iraq and Jordan attending.

In his inaugural speech, the Crown Prince, the Chair of the Summit and the Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, said the region and the world face critical challenges that require intensified cooperation in the framework of the principles of the UN Charter, foremost among which are respect for sovereignty and values of states, non-interference in domestic affairs of others, and respect for the independence and territorial safety of states.

Crown Prince Mohammad expressed hope that the current summit would lay the groundwork for a new era of enhanced joint action and strategic partnership. “Profound cooperation between our countries and the United States will serve the common interests, and enhance security and development in this vital region and the entire world,” he stressed.  The big challenges facing the world due to COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging geopolitical changes require concerted international effort to help the world economy recover, and insure food and health security, he pointed out.

JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (2nd right) receives his Kuwaiti counterpart Prince Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (2nd left), at the Abdulaziz International Airport in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah.- AFP

“The environmental challenges facing the world, notably the climate change, require strengthened resolve by the international community to keep the temperature of Earth within the limits specified by the Paris Agreement. These challenges need to be addressed through a practical and responsible approach with a view to ensuring sustainable development based on a balanced and sustainable use of energy resources and taking stock of the priorities and conditions of each state,” Crown Prince Mohammad stressed.

Regarding the relations with neighboring Iran, Crown Prince Mohammad said there are religious and cultural ties between our countries and Iran, calling on the Islamic country to be part of that vision through commitment to international legitimacy and non-interference in the domestic affairs of others.

He urged Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and meet its obligations in this regard. On Yemen, he said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia backed all efforts aiming to restore security and stability in the country and reach an intra-Yemeni political solution based on the three points of reference. The Kingdom continues effort to augment the current truce and offer humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people, he affirmed.

Regarding Palestine, he said stability and prosperity in the Middle East require speeding up effort to reach a fair and comprehensive solution based on international legitimacy and the Arab initiative for peace. Crown Prince Mohammad hailed the recent improvement of the security situation in Iraq, saying this improvement will impact positively on Iraq’s relations with its Arab neighbors.

He lauded the agreements on power grid hookup between Saudi Arabia and Iraq and among the GCC countries, noting that similar agreements are in the offing between Saudi Arabia, on one hand, and Egypt and Jordan, on the other. Crown Prince Mohammad expressed hope that the current Summit will send an upbeat message of a bright future for the youth of the region, realize their aspirations and shed light on “our noble values.”

In his address to the summit, US President Joe Biden President Biden said, “A great deal has changed since I visited this region when I served as Vice President of the United States, both on the world stage and in the Middle East.” “Around the world, we’re seeing efforts to undermine the rules-based order: with China’s increasingly coercive actions in the Indo-Pacific and beyond; with Russia’s brutal and unprovoked war against its neighboring Ukraine; and with Iran’s destabilizing activities.

Here in the Middle East, we’ve also seen critical changes. “We’re going to continue our counterterrorism efforts working with a broad coalition of countries, including everyone around this table.” “And we will turn our attention and our resources to supporting our partners, strengthening our alliances, and building coalitions to solve the problems facing this region and the world – and the world today. “Let me state clearly that the United States is going to remain an active, engaged partner in the Middle East.

“As the world grows more competitive and the challenges we face more complex, it is only becoming clearer to me that – how closely interwoven America’s interests are with the successes of the Middle East. “We will not walk away and leave a vacuum to be filled by China, Russia, or Iran,” US president said.- KUNA


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