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Outgoing UN official commends Kuwait’s regional, global roles

KUWAIT: The State of Kuwait always played an integral role regionally and globally, propelling its status to an important country with strong international presence, said a UN official on Wednesday. In an exclusive KUNA interview, the outgoing United Nations Resident Coordinator and Designated Official, Tarek Al-Sheikh praised Kuwait’s efforts and investments in its diplomats who excelled during participations worldwide.

As the world changes, Kuwait must continue to invest in the future based on cooperation and relation building amongst, indicated the official, adding that investing and supporting leadership in various sectors would earn Kuwait a stronger spot international affairs.

Since starting his mission in 2018, Al-Sheikh witnessed a strong welcome and support from the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry. He noted that in the first month of assuming his post, he met with the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Al-Sheikh also indicated that he worked with the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in preparation for the successful Kuwait-hosted conference to rebuild Iraq, held in February 2018. Al-Sheikh thanked all Kuwaiti state entities for their support and assistance during his mission, commending Kuwait for its efforts in promoting human rights and boosting notions of transparency and accountability.

For instance, the UN official noted that the UN had signed with Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) an agreement to realize the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, which came in line with Kuwait’s own 2035 Development vision. He lauded Kuwait’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the country did not only deal with its national emergency at that time, it helped others to handle the situation.

Kuwait was one of the only countries, which offered COVID-19 vaccines to citizens and residents alike, he said. On another subject, Al-Sheikh affirmed that he was looking forward to have more Kuwaitis employed in international organizations. – KUNA


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