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Kuwait concerned with Muslim minority in Myanmar – Ambassador

Kuwait’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Essa Al-Shimali

Mohammad Al-Moula
June 3, 2013

Kuwait’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Essa Al-Shimali, said on Monday that the Kuwaiti leadership is deeply concerned and interested in follow up on the state of affairs of the Muslim minority in Myanmar.

The ambassador recalled that the country was the first Arab and Islamic state to condemn violence against Muslims in Myanmar.

Ambassador Al-Shimali was speaking to KUNA after a delegation of the Kuwaiti National Assembly concluded a visit to the country. “The Kuwaiti National Assembly was one of the first Arab and Islamic parliaments to visit Myanmar to discuss the issue with the Muslim minority and meet with officials of Islamic bodies,” he said.

The Kuwaiti delegation was headed by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman MP Saleh Ashour and included MPs Taher Failkawi and Salah Al-Ateeqi.

“During the visit, the delegation discussed bilateral relations between the two countries with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, Wunna Maung Lwin, and ways to enhance them in various fields.” The delegation also reviewed a detailed explanation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs concerning violent acts in the province of Arakan, Al-Shimali said.

On the other hand, Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Parliament of Myanmar expressed gratitude towards Kuwait’s leadership and its people for its humanitarian role in various countries around the world, the ambassador said.