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Govt to discuss measures taken to repair roads after rains

KUWAIT: Damaged cars are pictured following heavy rain in a flooded parking lot in Fahaheel, south of Kuwait City, on November 10, 2018. – Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Housing Dr Jenan Bushehri spoke during a Cabinet meeting on Monday of ongoing infrastructure reforms after heavy rains battered the country last year. The Cabinet has agreed to dedicate a future session to the aforementioned matter, where the government executives will be discussing what measures the government has taken to repair the roads affected by the deluge, in addition to progress on major housing projects.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet was informed of a Kuwait Oil Company initiative to address a sewage problem plaguing Sabah-Al-Ahmad residential area, where puddles of wastewater have accumulated. Discussing the problem, the Cabinet decided to assign various state bodies, including the Environment Public Authority and the Ministry of Public Works, with the task of remedying the issue in a month’s time.

During its weekly meeting at Seif Palace on Monday, the Kuwaiti Cabinet discussed the aftermath of an Arab League emergency ministerial meeting held a day earlier to discuss Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria. The Egypt-hosted talks, attended by Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, were called to examine Turkey’s ongoing military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria, he told the customary Cabinet meeting, chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

In the meantime, the Cabinet expressed profound grief after the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in decades paralyzed the capital Tokyo, leaving millions of people evacuated and streets deserted. On the other hand, the Cabinet congratulated Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on winning the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his peacemaking efforts, which ended two decades of acrimony with longtime nemesis Eritrea. The Cabinet went on to deplore an attack on a mosque in Burkina Faso, in which gunmen killed scores of people amid prayers on Friday evening, saying such “terrorist acts” run counter to humanitarian principles. – KUNA

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