|Date: 04/06/2012 Time: 06:02:00 PM
The Cabinet held its weekly meeting on Monday at
Sief Palace under the chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh
Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
After the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister of
State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said the
Cabinet reviewed a letter addressed to HH the Amir from His Majesty Emperor
Akihito of Japan tackling the successful visit to Japan by HH the Amir last
February, in addition to ways to strengthen the already good relations between
the two countries.
The Cabinet also looked into a letter addressed to HH the Amir from His
Excellency Felipe Calderon, President of the United States of Mexico, which
included an invitation to HH the Amir to attend a seminar on creative thinking
to address global challenges for the future to be held on June 16 in Los Cabos.
HH the Prime Minister briefed the Cabinet on results of the visit to the
country yesterday by His Excellency Michel Suleiman, President of the Republic
of Lebanon, a visit that comes as translation of the distinguished historical
relations between the two leaderships and peoples.
Also, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled briefed the Cabinet on results of Kuwait's
participation in the fifth session of the Arab-Sino Cooperation Forum as Chair
of the current session of the Arab League, which was held in the Republic of
The Forum discussed strategic cooperation between Arab countries and China
and ways to strengthen mechanisms for cooperation in political, economic,
cultural and environmental spheres consistent with common interests.
Furthermore, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled also briefed the ministers about
results of his participation in the Arab League's extraordinary meeting, the
Arab Ministerial Committee meeting on the situation in Syria and a meeting of
the Arab Peace Initiative Committee at the ministerial level, held in Doha
The Doha meeting called on the Security Council to shoulder its
responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations and take the
necessary measures to ensure full and immediate application of the Annan plan
within a specified time frame.
The Cabinet also reviewed recommendations of the Committee on Legal Affairs
on the draft law on the protection of national unity, a draft law on the
organization of Hajj and Umrah, in addition to a draft law to amend some
provisions of Law No. 5/1982 on the establishment of Zakat House. The Cabinet
approved the bills and forwarded them to HH the Amir prior to submitting them
to the National Assembly.
The Cabinet also took note of a draft decree on the approval of an air
services agreement between the Government of the State of Kuwait and the
Government of the Republic of Benin and a similar one with the Government of
the Republic of Finland. The Cabinet approved the bills and forwarded them to
HH the Amir.
The Cabinet then looked into a report of the Audit Bureau to examine the
issue of remittances made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Kuwait's
embassies abroad, based on the provisions of Article 25 of the law
establishing the Audit Bureau.
The Council of Ministers while praising the Audit Bureau's objectivity and
neutrality, it has decided to deputize bodies concerned to examine this matter
and report to the Cabinet quickly and identify those responsible for such
The Cabinet also discussed the National Assembly Affairs and its agenda.
For his part, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor briefed the Cabinet on
the interpellation motion filed against him by MP Al-Saifi Mubarak Al-Saifi,
which is on the agenda of the parliament for tomorrow's session.
The Minister said he was currently studying the grilling in light of what
it contains of violations of provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws of the
Parliament, in addition to explicit violations of the Constitutional Court's
principles in relation to grilling.
The Cabinet then looked into current political developments on Arab and