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Kuwait''s speech before UNGA "inclusive" - Kuwaiti FM
September 26, 2013, 4:15 pm

The current UN General Assembly is addressing many important events amongst them was Kuwait's celebration of its' 50th anniversary as member of the global organization, Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said.

"Other major events also included the participation of 131 heads of state and government, as well as the accelerating pace of regional and international affairs," Sheikh Sabah told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) and Kuwait Television (KTV) after delivering Kuwait's speech before the 68th UNGA Wednesday.

Kuwait was keen on the speech to be inclusive in a bid to contribute to implementation of the UN plans to fight poverty and improve sustainable development beyond 2015, said the top diplomat who thanked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for his efforts in this regard.

"The speech also addressed the Syrian situation and we hope the UN Security Council would have a serious stand and stop the bloodshed among the Syrian people and collapse of the state. We also urge the international community to ease humanitarian suffering of the Syrians." Sheikh Sabah said Kuwait did and will do what is required to be done to help Syrians, noting that the donors' conference, held in Kuwait last January, was aimed at easing the suffering of Syrians.

As for the Middle East peace process, the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister said "66 years have passed and the Palestinian people are still suffering from occupation, despite the role played by the United States recently to resume and move the process forward. We in the Arab group had a clear stance in the aim of attaining the Palestinian state." On Iraq, Sheikh Sabah said "the speech called on the Secretary General to carry on with his role in helping close the files on the remains of missing Kuwaitis and Kuwaiti properties, which we are currently working on, along with Iraq." Sheikh Sabah also pointed out to Kuwait's Arab and international obligations by hosting the third Arab-African summit next November, the 34th session of the GCC higher council in December, and the 25th Arab summit in March 2014.

"Kuwait's speech also commended positivity shown by the newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani concerning cooperation and full openness with countries in the region, which would contribute in its stability," Sheikh Sabah concluded

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