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Kuwait committed to facing "ideological threat" of ISIL - Al-Jarallah
September 29, 2014, 8:02 am

Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah has expressed Kuwait's commitment to the importance of facing the "ideological threat" imposed by Islamic State extremists, alongside military efforts.

"Facing the Islamic State (also known as ISIL) will not be carried out by firepower and jet but by facing its thought and ideology. This starts in the mosque, school, university and in the media," he said.

Al-Jarallah was speaking to reporters, during a Chinese Embassy event held to mark its National Day, in support of comments made by the United Arab Emirates Deputy President and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum, earlier on Sunday.

Al-Maktoum, in an interview, had stressed that "enlightened thought and providing tangible services to the people" were required of nations in order to fight the extremists, alongside military unity.

On Kuwait's position on the matter, the Kuwaiti official said that his nation had clarified this at talks in Jeddah and Paris, emphasizing that its contributions to the international allies would be "humanitarian and logistic, and this will remain so."

And, on steps being made to combat ISIL supporters on Kuwaiti soil, he said that Security Council resolutions according to the Seventh Article outline that this is binding, in that "Kuwait shall carry out procedures based on this decision." Meanwhile, he said that Gulf Cooperation Council troika talks with Russia - led by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Kuwait's First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah - discussed "many issues related to the region, particularly the threat of ISIL to their nations."

The GCC side affirmed the need for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, achieving the legitimate rights of its people, putting a stop to the continuation of this tragedy and ensuring the dispatch of humanitarian aid.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled had also stressed Kuwait's readiness to supply further humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people.

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