Kuwait top MP urges AIPU to provide protection for Palestinians

Kuwait parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim

Kuwait parliament speaker Marzouq Al­Ghanim called Arab InterParliamentary Union (AIPU) Sunday to work on providing protection for the Palestinian people, pay extra attention to Palestinian conciliation and reject normalization of ties with Israel.

Whoever wants to support the Palestinian cause should be ready for a “diplomatic and political battle” in a collective fashion, Al­Ghanim said in a speech before an AIPU Conference in Amman.

He asserted importance of coordination with all international partners to highlight the cause of occupied Jerusalem. Al-Ghanim rejected all attempts to tarnish historic facts surrounding Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

He said Kuwait has always been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause, foremost through its non­permanent membership in the UN Security Council where Kuwait was acting upon instructions of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al­Ahmad Al­Jaber Al­Sabah, “the wise Arab leader,” to issue a resolution to providing protection for the Palestinian people.

All Israeli attempts to abort this resolution failed, he said, “triggering an American veto to topple this resolution.” This resolution was then tabled to the UN General Assembly and won the support of 122 countries.

Al­Ghanim said Kuwait parliament would table to the Inter­Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) conference in Doha, Qatar, next month an urgent motion to provide protection for the Palestinian people, urging AIPU members to support this move.

He said Kuwait’s National Assembly was ready to carry out any role to address differences among the Palestinian people. Al­Ghanim called on AIPU to reject the normalization of relations with Israel.

“We should, with one voice, reject normalization with an occupier and a criminal. No normalization with murderers of children and rapist of land …”