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Kuwait keen on protecting youth from deviant ideologies sparked by conflicts
March 3, 2015, 8:27 am

The government of Kuwait is exerting efforts to protect youth from deviant ideologies, which are falsely linked to Islam, sparked by regional conflicts, and underlined that jihad should be placed in its "proper context" in harmony with Islam's "noble objectives." Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yaqoub Al-Sane briefed the cabinet Monday about a fatwa, or religious decree, issued by the Islamic Affairs Ministry's Iftaa Authority regarding conflicts in the region and how to protect youth from their consequences.

The fatwa, said Al-Sane, called for seeking Ulema, or religious scholars, for advice, maintaining unity of nation, highlighted the State's obligations to protect national interest of citizens, forbidding the joining of extremist groups that undermine unity of Muslims and allow their murder, and warning the youth against joining the deviant groups.

The fatwa, added Al-Sane, highlighted the virtue of jihad and martyrdom "but this jihad should be in its proper context that harmonizes with Islam and its noble objectives, which underscore that Islam is a religion of moderation, forgiveness, peace and tolerance ... ." The cabinet meeting was chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, an official statement by Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah said.
Minister of Finance Anas Al-Saleh, meanwhile, briefed the cabinet about the lifting of Kuwait's name from the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) list of fighting money laundering and terrorism financing.

The lifting of Kuwait's name from the list will pave the way for the creation of a healthy investment environment thus honoring His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's vision.

The cabinet approved a bill of a health cooperation MoU with Hungary that would exchange expertise and training. It also approved two draft decrees, one regarding kuwait's contributions to the capital of the Asian investment bank for infrastructure, which aimed at improving infrastructure of Asian countries.

The second draft decree is about the establishment of the Public Authority for Youth, which aimed at emphasizing the national identity, respect of democracy, freedoms and rule of law, in addition to rejection of violence and acceptance of the opinion of others.

The cabinet members, at the outset of the meeting, took note of letters sent to His Highness the Prime Minister from French and Maltese Foreign Ministers Laurent Fabius and George William Vella respectively, to visit their countries.

His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak briefed the cabinet about the visit of the South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her talks with the officials that aimed at further boosting bilateral relations and cooperation.

On the other hand, the cabinet appointed Dr. Haitham Saleh Al-Athary as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, Khaled Jassem Al-Shimali as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Dr. Adel Hussein Al-Masad as Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Higher Education.

The cabinet also named Yusuf Suleiman Al-Fozan as Director General of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation. Fahad Suleiman Al-Wuqayyan, Khaled Mubarak Al-Shuaibi, Emad Faleh Al-Jluwi and Ahmad Essa Al-Quoud as members.

The government also appointed Abdullatif Mohammad Al-Dakheel, Saud Abdulaziz Al-Naqi, Khaled Humoud Al-Farhoud, Hussein Mohammad Al-Awadhi, Adel Abdullah Al-Turki and Mohammad Saud Al-Hadbah as board members in the Public Authority for Land Transport.

Essa Hassan Al-Kandari was appointed as Director General of the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition, while Dr. Mahmoud Abdulhadi, Dr. Majda Al-Qattan, Dr. Eid Khalaf Al-Rashidi, Istiqlal Al-Musallam, General (ret.) Saleh Mishari Al-Humaidhi and Musaed Saleh Al-Abdali were appointed as members.

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