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Kuwaitis more united after mosque blast - Al-Ghanim

National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim
National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim

KUWAIT, July 2 (KUNA) -- National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said Thursday the cowardly bomb attack on Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque last Friday led only to the strengthening of unity and cohesion of the Kuwaiti society.
In an interview with CNN International's primetime news program Connect the World, Al-Ghanim said: "In Kuwait the mood between the government, parliament and the people and the whole public, we are united and the solidarity at the highest level, so we are trying to do whatever it takes to ensure such attacks will not occur again.

" Asked by Becky Anderson, the host, on what the parliament was doing to foil the designs of terrorist groups he said: "The parliament, which is representing all shades of the community, held emergency meetings immediately after the attack. We held many meetings with the government." "And as a matter of fact yesterday we passed two security laws that should help in preventing such attacks from happening in the future; one of them was the database - DNA database for all Kuwaitis and all visitors and the weapon collection in addition to many previous laws.
"We know the objectives of the attackers. From the very beginning Kuwaitis have painted a very beautiful painting of cohesion and solidarity and unity. So we are doing everything, we are doing whatever it takes to prevent such cowardly acts from happening again," he stressed.
On whether the DNA testing of every citizen, foreign resident and tourist could be a trade of privacy for security, he said: "We are determined to win this war. We did not choose to fight this war but it was imposed on us and we are determined to win against terrorism and against ISIL in particular. And we will do whatever it takes to win this war. "Now the DNA database was needed. We are very proud of our Ministry of Interior or the police for what they did in finding the criminals within 48 hours, but many things have held us like collecting the car numbers and other signs. "This might not happen in the future. So getting or having this (DNA) database is of extreme importance. And everybody has to sacrifice in such a difficult time. So, we don't see any problem.
"And as a matter of fact, regarding the voting in the parliament, this legislation had a super majority - 51 out of 52 voted for this law," Al-Ghanim added. (end) gb