KUWAIT CABINET OKAYS NEW ARMY CHIEF, AMENDS SPORTS LAW

KUWAIT, Oct 21 – The cabinet, in its weekly meeting, held at Seif Palace, approved the appointment of a new chief of staff for the Kuwaiti army, and the amendment of sports bodies law.

Upon a recommendation from the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, the cabinet endorsed the appointment of Lieutenant General Mohammad Khaled Al-Kheder, as the new chief of staff of the Kuwaiti Army, said Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Justice, Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.

Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah pointed out that the cabinet also discussed and approved a draft law, amending sports bodies law No. 42 of 1978, to address the loopholes emerged in the application of the current law in the past years.

The new bill was referred to the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to approve, and send it to the National Assembly for deliberations and approval.

The cabinet also reviewed the follow-up reports of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council of Planning and Development on FY 2012/2013, and the first half of FY 2013/2014.

In this regard, Minister of Social Affairs and Law and Minister of State for Planning and Development Affairs, Hend Al-Sabeeh, made a presentation about the main points in the reports, especially the evaluation of the pace of work at mega development projects and the challenges facing the development plans and role of each government body to overcome such challenges.

Earlier, the cabinet was briefed on letters addressed to the Amir from Yemeni President, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, French President, Francois Hollande and Central African Republic’s Interim President, Catherine Samba-Panza.

The letters have focused on bilateral relations and means to boost them.The cabinet was apprised of a letter sent to the Amir from Turkish President and Chairman of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)’s Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC), Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The letter included an invitation to the Amir to attend the 30th session of COMCEC, to be hosted by Istanbul next month.

The cabinet was also briefed about a letter addressed to the Amir by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. In his letter, the UN chief invited the Amir to attend the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 in Japan.

For his part, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, informed the cabinet about the outcome of his visit to Iraq, ahead of an Arab League delegation and the talks he held with Iraqi President, Fuad Al-Masum and other senior officials.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled also informed the cabinet about the deliberations and outcome of the fourth Gulf Cooperation Council-UK strategic dialogue meeting, which was held in Kuwait last week.The cabinet discussed the latest regional and international political developments.

SOURCE: KUNA