UN official points out Kuwait’s diplomacy contributes to global peace, dialogue

Kuwait’s diplomatic institutions play a major role in the UN Security Council (UNSC), contributing to a culture of peace and dialogue, a UN official said Thursday. “Kuwait adopted the UN Charter in its policy and strategy, and has presented its vision and diplomacy in a way that wins respect of all Security Council members,” Tarek Al-Sheikh, UN Secretary General Representative and Resident Coordinator to Kuwait, said in an interview with KUNA to mark the UN’s 74th anniversary.

The UN believes Kuwait is among countries that are considered role models in the way they work to achieve peace, security, development and justice, as well as showing great respect for the UN Charter, he added. Kuwait, said Al-Sheikh, always sought to comply with recommendations of UN Human Rights Council and affiliate bodies. The Arab Gulf country’s policy and strategy “are fully compliant” with the UN Charter and its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’ Agenda, he noted.

Al-Sheikh, who praised Kuwait’s huge contributions despite its small size, commended the country’s preventive diplomacy and dialogue approach which were aimed at addressing disputes. Kuwait, through its UNSC 2018-19 non-permanent membership, exerted efforts to achieve peace and security in Palestine, Syria and other troubled parts of the globe, in addition to tabling draft resolutions aimed at protection of children and women in war zones.

Al-Sheikh said Kuwait’s Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah was keen to meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres whenever he was in New York, to exchange views over international peace and security. Kuwait institutions, like the Foreign Ministry and Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), work towards promotion of human rights, safe living conditions and development, he said. Al-Sheikh said Kuwait-hosted international conference for the reconstruction of Iraq reflected the country’s diplomacy which was based on peace, development and stability.

The UN official said Kuwait and the UN signed a technical cooperation agreement before the country joined the international organization. Meanwhile, Al-Sheikh said their office in Kuwait would this year organize a celebration to highlight Kuwait’s role in peace-building and cooperation with the UN. He said the next Sunday celebration, partronized by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, would shed light on Kuwait’s contribution to peace, humanity and sustainable development. The UN will highlight these three axis, he added, and would launch a competition that mark the fifth anniversary of UN’s honoring of His Highness the Amir as ‘Humanitarian Leader’.