New York / Muhammad Tariq / Anatolia

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah called on Iran to reduce tension in the Gulf and preserve the safety, security and freedom of maritime navigation.

This came in his speech to leaders and leaders of the countries of the world participating in the meetings of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in New York, at dawn on Saturday.

The Kuwaiti prime minister urged Iran to take “serious confidence-building measures to start a dialogue based on respect for states’ sovereignty and non-interference in their internal affairs.”

He renewed his call to Tehran “to reduce tension in the Gulf and preserve the safety, security and freedom of maritime navigation from any threats, thus contributing to establishing relations based on cooperation and mutual respect.”

On the Palestinian issue, Al-Sabah warned that “instability will continue to prevail in the region unless the Palestinian people achieve all their legitimate political rights, and Israel stops its practices and violations of international humanitarian law.”

He stressed the importance of continuing efforts to “re-launch negotiations (peace), within a specific timetable, to reach a just and comprehensive peace, in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative with the aim of ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital (…) and the return of refugees”.

On the Syrian crisis, he stated that “there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis and a political settlement is necessary.”

Regarding the situation in Afghanistan, he called on “the Taliban and all parties to exercise maximum restraint in order to prevent bloodshed, provide full protection for civilians, and abide by international obligations and laws.”

On Tuesday, the annual high-level meetings of the 76th session of its General Assembly kicked off at the United Nations Permanent Headquarters, and will continue until September 27, with the attendance of more than 110 heads of state and government of Member States (193 countries).

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