Kuwait’s Cabinet concerned over Iraq’s protests, hopes for peaceful solution

Ministers informed about authority’s measures to collect debts

KUWAIT: His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah chairs the Cabinet’s meeting. — KUNA

KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti government followed with great concern the ongoing protests in Iraq which left many casualties, the Cabinet has stated. In a statement following its weekly meeting held Monday under the chairmanship of the His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Cabinet expressed confidence in Iraqi people’s ability to overcome this critical phase. It hoped that all Iraqi parties would unify their efforts to reach a peaceful solution that is acceptable to all to help restore security, stability and tranquility to Iraq. In the meantime, the Cabinet expressed sorrow over the heavy trains engulfed the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh that led to material and human losses.

The Cabinet’s meeting began with welcoming the return of His Highness the Prime Minister after partaking in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly which was held recently in New York, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh said after the meeting. His Highness the prime minister represented His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the UNGA meetings. His Highness the prime minister briefed the cabinet on the meetings and talks he held with several heads of delegations of the friendly and sisterly countries on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN, Saleh added. The meetings and talks discussed means of developing and promoting cooperation between Kuwait and the sisterly and friendly states to for mutual benefits, and reviewed several issues of mutual concerns, he noted.

Meanwhile, the ministers were informed about the economic affairs committee’s recommendation on the periodical report by the Public Authority for Civil Information on the uncollected debts from the first of April 2019 until the end of September 2019 as well as measures taken by the authority to collect those debts. They also studied the committee’s recommendation regarding rebalancing the state’s budget and relevant observations by the Supreme Council for Planning and Development’s members. The Cabinet decided to refer recommendations by the council’s economic development on the State’s budget and the government’s borrowing to the economic affairs committee to set an executive program in line with a timetable of the recommendations. – KUNA

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