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Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah: costs of nine meetings since Nov. '13 around KD 40 mln
March 31, 2014, 9:10 am

A senior government official Sunday brushed aside reports in the press and social media networks over the costs of the March 25-26 Arab Summit, saying actual spending was around 40 million Kuwaiti Dinars (USD 142.5 million).

"All information published about this issue are inaccurate," Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Higher Coordination committee of Conferences, told KUNA.

Kuwait, under patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, hosted nine conferences since last November, he said.
The November 2013 meetings were the Arab-African Economic Forum, the Arab-African Summit and the GCC Ministerial Meeting which featured participation of Yemen, Jordan and Morocco.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit was held in December 2013, he said.

Kuwait also hosted the 2nd international donors' conference for the Syrian people last January 15. The GCC-Russia Strategic Dialogue was held in the same month.
Sheikh Mohammad said March witnessed three Arab League meetings. The first was the Economic and Social Council, second was the Arab Foreign Ministers and then the Arab Summit, which was held last week.

"The costs of these conference did not even reach the reported figure. The total spendings ... were KD 39.7 million," which included equipment, furniture, accomodations and transportation, among others, said Sheikh Mohammad.

These costs were approved by the Audit Bureau, The Central Tenders Committee, the Legal and Legislation Department and Ministry of Finance, he said.

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