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Kuwait cabinet holds weekly meeting

His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah heads cabinet weekly meeting
His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah heads cabinet weekly meeting
KUWAIT, Jan 22 (KUNA) -- First Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah briefed the cabinet Monday about Qatari Defense Minister Khaled Al-Attiyah's visit to Kuwait yesterday, and outcome of his talks with the senior officials regarding regional developments.
This came during the weekly cabinet meeting, chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, said Deputy Premier and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh in a statement.
The cabinet welcomed Lebanese President Michel Aoun who would pay a state visit to Kuwait tomorrow Tuesday.
Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah then briefed the executives about his visit to Paris last week and meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, to discuss regional and international developments.
He also briefed them about his participation in a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat so-called Islamic State (IS), which was held in New York last Friday.
The New York meeting, said Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, aimed at discussing the peace process in Iraq through restoration of stability and reconstruction of areas liberated from IS.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled also talked about his meeting with Brett McGruk, US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition, during which they discussed preparations for an international ministerial meeting of the coalition.
Meanwhile, the government approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UN regarding youth, a technical cooperation agreement with Japan, an agreement with Beijing to establish a Chinese cultural center, and an agreement on cyber-security with Britain.
It also approved aviation agreement with Djibouti, an articrafts agreement with Oman, an economic and technical cooperation agreement with Honduras, an environment protection deal with Albania, an agreement on renewable energy with Morocco, a higher education and scientific research agreement with Pakistan, a housing agreement with China, agreements on youth and tourism cooperation with Turkey, and a deal with Latvia to exempt diplomatic and private passport holders from entry visas.
On the other hand, the government assigned the Finance Ministry to subscribe on behalf of citizens for initial public offering of public-private-partnership projects.
It instructed relocation of Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base before June 1, 2018, to pave way for construction of Kuwait International Airport building.
The Ministries of defense, public works and finance, and civil aviation directorate will speed up relocation of the Air Base, said Minister Al-Saleh.
The government also approved establishment of board of trustees of Silk City and Boubyan Island development authority.
Abdulaziz Al-Ibrahim will chair the board, and will have Salem Al-Athaina, Mohammad Al-Marzouq, Omran Hayat, Adnan Al-Bahar, Khaled Al-Nassar, Tareq A-Essa and Sara Akbar as members.
The government also set up a committee tasked with receiving complaints of employees.
The committee will be chaired by President of the Civil Services Commission Ahmad Jassar, Justice Sultan Burusli as deputy chairman, and membership of Ahmad Al-Duaij, Hessa Al-Anjeri and Mufarreh Al-Shemmeri.
The cabinet members then discussed a grilling motion against Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh.
Al-Sabeeh explained the interpellation and elaborated on her answers, and the government members extended full backing to their colleague. (end) bs