Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, on the short-term goals of the country

Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah

We have recently come across observations of good indications and positive attitudes from the esteemed National Assembly council, which has touched upon the concerns of citizens regarding their interests and needs. There is no doubt that the imbalances hindering an improved National Programme of Action (NPA) are the result of mistakes and negative practices accumulated over time, and were intensified with a lot of harmful misconceptions.

The time has come to launch a new decisive phase aimed at wide-scale reform, progress and development in all aspects of life. This requires reconsideration of legislation, policies, concepts and practices, which over time, and following different circumstances, has meant they are no longer valid for Kuwait, in the present nor for the future. A comprehensive national framework will help to ensure national goals are realised and that our homeland achieves the status it deserves.

Our top priority is the security of Kuwait internally and externally, promoting stability and the rule of law. This involves pleasing all Kuwaitis and providing the means for welfare and a decent life.

Diversity and plurality are a source of power and richness in society and for the country, and whoever tries to spread aversion, hostility and disorder among the community and citizens does not want progress for this country. We have good examples of these actions in countries around us. The rational one is he who learns the lesson.

The first approach to national unity should be about reform and development, and to make up for what we missed during the years of tension, congestion and the loss of opportunities. The focus should be on the present and preparing for the future, rather than dwelling on controversy or digging up events from the past.

We should know that rationalising political action and practicing democracy, in addition to consolidating the culture of dialogue and tolerance through inclusion and respecting the opinions of others, cannot be easily achieved. It involves practices and experiences that are honest and sincere, but which may take years or generations. Everyone knows that it took modern states centuries to achieve their goals.

Consultation and cooperation between the National Assembly and the government form a strong environment for hard work to help start the process of reform and comprehensive development. This extends to the participation of all citizens with their efforts, hard work, advice and funds. We do not dispense any small or large effort because the process is for everyone’s benefit in Kuwait.

Youth welfare is another important focus area of the NPA, and one which requires communication support for young people, listening to their views and concerns, and increasing their role and participation in managing the country’s affairs. This also involves training opportunities, enhancing production and encouraging innovation, as well as creating more job opportunities and boosting motivation through supporting small projects.

We must also respect and protect public funds. These are for the citizens. To this end, stealing from the public is like stealing from your neighbour. We must ensure that we take all possible action to protect and preserve public funds.

Kuwait remains, as always, honest in its positions, faithful to its principles and a vital member of the Arab World, from the Gulf to the Atlantic. The country will not hesitate to lend a hand to those in pain, and without interfering in their internal affairs. We are in solidarity with the Gulf and continue to cooperate closely with other countries.

These are the main highlights of our vision for the present and immediate future. If the challenges are great, the confidence of the people of Kuwait is greater and more powerful. I sincerely hope that the National Assembly and the government are keen to cooperate for the benefit and welfare of Kuwait.

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