Manama: Kuwait is prepared to confront any attempt by the Daesh terror group to reach the country’s borders, the deputy foreign minister has said.
“We are fully prepared and ready to deal with any negative developments in the region, including the consequences of what is happening in Mosul which we hope to see liberated,” Khalid Al Jarallah said.
Reports have claimed that Daesh elements could shift out of Mosul in the north as thousands of troops are trying to expel them from Iraq’s second largest city, and move towards Basra in the south and then to the nearby Kuwaiti borders.
The deputy minister said that Kuwait’s armament had not stopped since the liberation of the country following the Iraqi invasion in August 1990.
“It did not stop and it will not stop. Acquiring weapons is a normal thing, especially in light of the developments in the region that require it. We look at the matter as a normal part of Kuwait’s relations with its strategic allies,” the deputy minister told reporters in Kuwait City on Monday..
Al Jarallah denied claims that relations between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Egypt were in crisis.
Ties between the GCC and Egypt are robust and the alleged political crisis exists only in the media, he said.
Media reports claimed that the GCC, made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, might review its relations with Egypt in the wake of divergent views towards issues and developments in the region.
The deputy minister also denied there was a Kuwait-Omani effort to put an end to the crisis in Yemen, saying that the GCC has both confidence and hope in reaching a political settlement that would end the suffering of the Yemeni people.