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Briefing of KUNA main news for Thursday until 12:00 GMT

 KUWAIT -- National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim heads, along with a parliamentary delegation, to Qatar on Friday to participate in the Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) 140th General Assembly scheduled April 6-10.

CAIRO -- Kuwaiti Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Dr. Khaled Al-Fadhel calls for "a real Arab cooperation framework" to resolve regional "water and food crises." Ahmad Al-Bakr, Kuwaiti permanent delegate at the Arab League, was speaking on Al-Fadhel's behalf at a joint meeting of Arab water and agriculture ministers.

KUWAIT -- Chairperson of Kuwait's Voluntary Work Center (VWC) Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah affirms keenness to preserve historic landmarks and sites in the country as they represent the genuine Kuwaiti identity and tradition.

NEW YORK -- Kuwait has said that UN peacekeeping missions' in Haiti have contributed to political peace and stability. Kuwait is sincerely appreciative of all Sacrifices made by UN missions' personnel to help Haiti restore security, peace, and stability, Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said during a UNSC session.

KUWAIT -- Price of Kuwaiti oil went up 58 cents to USD 69.74 per barrel (pb) Wednesday after being at USD 69.16 pb last Tuesday. (end) rk