Kuwaiti Cabinet holds weekly meeting, takes some measures

The Kuwaiti Cabinet held its meeting on Monday at Seif Palace, under the chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

The Cabinet studied recommendations by the ministerial committee of coronavirus emergency and took some relevant measures.

The Cabinet decided to extend the partial curfew until the end of the holy month of Ramadan in the country as of Thursday, April 22, with unchanged curfew hours from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.

However, the decision may be re-assessed as the COVID-19 pandemic situation is regularly reviewed, Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah said, adding that the Cabinet tasked concerned bodies with implementing the provisions of this decision.

The ministers were briefed on the economic affairs committee on the second report of Kuwait’s higher energy commission, and they lauded efforts made by the concerned bodies to provide clean and renewable energy to achieve sustainable development, in line with Kuwait Vision 2035. In addition, the Cabinet studied the committee’s recommendation on the Health Insurance Hospitals Company (HIHC), and was informed about coordination procedures between the Ministry of Health and the HIHC regarding a joint cooperation to operate the HIHC’s system to achieve the desired goal of establishing it as quickly as possible to help reflect positively on health services in the country.

Moreover, His Highness the Prime Minister informed the ministers about the telephone call he received from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on distinguished ties between the two countries and some issues of common concern.

The Cabinet listened to a presentation made by Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Bassel Al-Sabah on the developments of epidemical situation due to coronavirus on regional and international levels.

He showed that there is an increase in deaths and infections as well as occupation of intensive care units at hospitals.

He also explained the preventive measures taken by the Ministry to implement vaccination in the country according to an accredited mechanism and priorities.

The Cabinet urged both residents and citizens to assume societal responsibility and accelerate receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, as it is the only method to reduce deaths and infections as well as pressure on ICUs.

The ministers discussed political affairs in light of the reports relating to the current developments on the political arena at both Arab and international levels.

The Cabinet condemned strongly the attack on Irbil airport in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and the bombings that targeted a popular market in eastern Baghdad that left several people killed and wounded.

It affirmed that Kuwait stands with Iraq and supports all measures it takes to maintain its security and stability, and stressed the Kuwaiti firm stance rejecting and condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

The Cabinet expressed deep sorrow over the incident of Egypt’s train overturning that led to the deaths and injuries of dozens of people.

It voiced sincere condolences to Egypt’s President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi, the Egyptian people and the families of victims

Source: Kuwait News Agency