MUNICH: To resolve disputes and crises worldwide, countries must seek balanced dialogue and effective policies to proliferate peace and end violence, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Al-Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said on Sunday. Speaking at a discussion panel at the 59th Munich Security Conference, Sheikh Salem indicated the Middle East region has witnessed some worrisome developments, especially those connected with the Zionist entity’s ongoing violence against Palestinians and their holy places in Jerusalem.

Finding solutions to issues like the Palestinian cause and the war in Ukraine required coordination amongst global players to find suitable and viable solutions, he added. Sheikh Salem said Kuwait has always been a big supporter of a nuclear-free Middle East, adding Gulf countries would like to be part of any negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The Kuwaiti foreign minister has held several meetings with fellow participating officials, discussing a wide-range of regional and international issues as well as mean to bolster ties.

In an interview with Reuters, Sheikh Salem reaffirmed Kuwait’s stance in support of the Palestinian people to have a homeland and for there to be a two-state solution. He said peace deals with the Zionist entity have brought no progress to the situation with Palestine. “The Abraham Accords were done two years ago and what has come of that? The situation of the Palestinians is still as dire as it was ever before,” he told Reuters. “I don’t see how the Abraham Accords are bringing closer a two-state solution.”

Speaking on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Sheikh Salem revealed Kuwait and Iraq will hold a round of legal and technical talks on Sunday as they look to bring an end to the maritime border dispute. A deal could open the door to closer cooperation, from the construction of ports, management of border oilfields and the general ease of trade and transport between the two states. Sheikh Salem also indicated that Kuwait has no plans to follow other Arab states in re-engaging with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad despite the earthquake that ravaged the country. - Agencies