Source: Middle East Eye
Cabinet of ministers’ statement reflects strong historical relations between the Gulf country and Palestine
Recent remarks made by US President Donald Trump, claiming that Kuwait could be the next country to normalise relations with Israel, have been met with a firm denial by the state’s cabinet of ministers and a senior government official.
Trump’s claims that Kuwait would follow in the footsteps of the UAE and Bahrain had caused controversy in the state, where many Kuwaitis had denounced the accords.
At a ceremony in Washington on Friday, Trump awarded the US Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
The emir’s eldest son, Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, accepted the award, the first time the honour had been given since 1991, on behalf of his father.
At a White House press briefing following the ceremony, Trump said: “We are so excited that we signed the first two countries and I think they’ll (Kuwait) end up fairly quickly being a part of it.”
In response, Kuwait’s cabinet of ministers put out a statement on Monday stating: “The cabinet affirms that the Palestinian cause is the first and most important issue to Arabs and Muslims and the State of Kuwait stands by the Palestinian people.”
The statement also reaffirmed Kuwait’s commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative (API), which stipulates a two-state solution, East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital, return to the 1967 borders and the return of refugees.
Also on Monday, a senior government source told Kuwait’s Al Qabas newspaper that the state maintained its firm and unaltered position in supporting the Palestinians and would be the last country to normalise relations with Israel.
Firm government position
The cabinet of ministers’ remarks were the first public statement by the Kuwaiti government since the signing of the normalisation accords on 15 September.
Dr Abdullah al-Shayji, former chairman of the political science department at Kuwait University, told Middle East Eye: “The fact that a senior government official and the cabinet of ministers spoke goes to show that Kuwait is committed to its official position and will not be waivered.”