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Kuwait zero tolerance for ‘offensive’ remarks
March 2, 2015, 11:21 am

Kuwait’s Amir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad said that he was reinforcing a zero-tolerance policy towards targeting his country’s relations with other countries.

Shaikh Sabah said that had given clear directives to the competent authorities to take prompt legal action against anyone who attempted to harm or spoil relations in any manner, Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) reported late on Sunday.

The Amir said that the people and government of Kuwait were particularly proud of their relations with other countries and that they were keen on moving forward with them.

Shaikh Sabah reiterated his country’s position as he presented a message of thanks to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for taking part at the official and popular levels in Kuwait’s celebrations of its national days last week.

“We will always recall the supportive stances of these countries,” he reportedly said in his message. The GCC, set up in 1981, comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Kuwait has recently moved swiftly to address “offensive” remarks made by Kuwaiti nationals on separate occasions against Bahrain and against prominent figures in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

On each occasion, legal action was taken against the offenders amid official statements that no abuse of GCC countries would be allowed. Several suspects have been remanded in custody pending the investigations into their cases after they were held for posting tweets targeting the late Saudi king Abdullah who died on January 23.

Shaikh Sabah’s reiteration of the zero-tolerance policy is seen as a consolidation of Kuwait’s drive to preserve its excellent relations with other countries.

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