Honoring Emir of Kuwait by UN, WB well deserved: Malaysian House Speaker

Kuwait Malaysian House Speaker Mohamad Ariff bin Md Yusof affirmed that the two prestigious United Nations and World Bank (WB) Awards, given to Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, are "well deserved."

"Of course, His Highness deserves them. We have heard very good things about Kuwait and such high recognition makes us happy," the visiting parliament speaker told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

World Bank Group announced last Friday an exceptional award handed to the Emir of Kuwait in recognition of his generous support of humanitarian and development work in developing countries around the world, as well as supporting stability in the Middle East and North Africa region.

On 9 September 2014, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was honored by the United Nations and named leader of humanitarian work.

Yusof said that his official five-day visit to Kuwait along with a delegation representing the Kuwaiti-Malaysian Friendship group aimed at meeting up with Kuwaiti MPs to exchange views about regional and international issues of reciprocal interests.

"Yesterday I met with Kuwait's Speaker of Parliament Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim at the airport and we are very interested to know about how the Kuwaiti parliament works and to exchange views between our parliamentarians," he said.

"Kuwaiti parliament is the most active parliament in this region," affirmed the Malaysian parliament speaker, adding that Kuwait is a strategic partner of Malaysia, therefore, a Malaysian-Kuwaiti Friendship Group was established following a meeting with the Kuwaiti ambassador to Kuala Lumpur recently.

"We want to get the friendship group moving and maintain it that way," Yusof stressed, spelling out that this visit was scheduled to take place last year and now since the parliament is in recess "we made Kuwait's visit as a priority and this is the first trip abroad.

He also affirmed that Malaysia and Kuwait have things in common and "we want to work together to achieve our common agenda and have a common position both being members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Asked about the recent position by US President Donald Trump to recognize the occupied Syrian Golan Heights as part of Israel, Yusof said: "Obviously it is very wrong. Golan Heights is a Syrian territory and must remain a Syrian territory. It must be returned to Syria according to international law in this regard."

"We oppose it without reservations," he asserted.

Source: International Islamic News Agency