Joint vision to address and combat impacts of COVID-19 on a humantarian scale was the core issue discussed between Kuwait and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday.
The topic topped the agenda of the 3rd Kuwait-ICRC Strategic Dialogue via videoconference, as the Kuwaiti side was headed by Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah.
Other aspects and consequences of the pandemic were also discussed, mainly the economic one, as COVID-19’s prevelance managed to damage socioeconomic of humanatarian actions on regional and international levels. In this vein, both sides reaffirmed commitment to follow up on progress made within the past dialogues, as well as beefing already exsiting cooperation, especially in the developmental sphere and the significant role of Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) in this regard.
ICRC President Peter Maurer headed the organization’s side, while the Kuwaiti side also had permanent representative at the UN and other international organizations in Geneva Jamal Al-Ghuneim, Kuwait Red Crescent Society chair Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer and KFAED Director General Abdulwahab Al-Bader among other senior officials.
The first dialogue session took place in Kuwait in 2017, while the second was in ICRC-based Geneva in 2019. The session’s final statement underlined ICRC’s role in transferring remains of Kuwaitis from Iraq, as well as its work of examining the possibility of the exsitence of Iraqi remains in Kuwait.
It also lauded the State of Kuwait’s role in caring for missing persons and the plight of their families through its initiative to help issue UN Security Council resolution 2474 in this regard.
Source: Kuwait News Agency