KUWAIT [ ABN NEWS ] — Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah said Sunday UN’s call on Kuwait to host the third aid-pledging conference for the Syrian people reflected Kuwait’s leading humanitarian role.
Sheikh Mohammad, also Chairman of the Higher Coordination Committee of Conferences, said Kuwait has fully honored its pledges it announced during the first and second International Pledging Humanitarian Conferences for Syria, which were held in Kuwait in 2013 and 2014.
Kuwait fully honored its USD 800 million pledges, Sheikh Mohammad told a news conferencre after opening the Media Center of the March 31 donors’ conference, also known as Kuwait III.
He hoped the pledges at Kuwait III would exceed those made during the first and second meetings in order to alleviate suffering of the Syrian people.
Sheikh Mohammad underlined that Kuwait has been offering direct assistance to make sure the money reach those in need, in compliance with international laws.
He said he was confident of the way the international organizations distribute donations to those in need, and that Kuwait was closely cooperating with the UN Development Program (UNDP) to contribute to development projects.
Sheikh Mohammad said Kuwait and UNDP were exploring projects to provide sustainable income for the Syrian IDPs and refugees.
Sheikh Mohammad, when asked whether Syria would be invited, affirmed that the UN was the authority sending the invitations and “we provide necessary facilities.” Sheikh Mohammad was asked whether Kuwait will be willing to host similar conferences for conflict-ridden countries, and said “whenever the UN asks to host any conference for humanitarian purposes, Kuwait will be honored to honor any international conference in this respect, which falls in harmony with Kuwait as a Humanitarian Center.” He said the UN’s honoring of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: as “Humanitarian leader” and Kuwait as “Humanitarian Center” last September reflected the leadership demonstrated by Kuwait.
Edited by Jose H Oliveira Jr