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KUWAIT: Under the auspices and presence of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh/ Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation participated today in the introductory meeting to the rules of implementing the Law titled “Right to Access Information”, in the presence of the H.E. President of Civil Aviation Sheikh/ Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Homoud Al-Sabah, and the Director-General Eng./ Yousef Sulaiman Al-Fauzan, through video communication, where the attendees were briefed on the details of the guidebook for the provisions of Law No. (12) of year 2020 issued regarding the right to access information.

KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received yesterday cables from top officials and figures, congratulating him on the advent of Kuwait’s 60th National Day and 30th Anniversary of Liberation. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanem, His Highness Chief of Kuwait National Guard (KNG) Salem Ali-Salem Al-Sabah, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Deputy Chief of KNG General Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah sent the cables.

His Highness the Amir, in his reply cables, thanked the officials for their sincere sentiments towards the leadership and people of Kuwait, wishing them success in serving the country in their respective posts and positions. Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir received cables from GCC and Arab leaders, congratulating him on Kuwait’s national celebrations. His Highness the Amir sent reply cables to the leaders, thanking them for their sincere sentiments towards Kuwait and its people.

His Highness the Crown Prince also received a letter of congratulations from Speaker Ghanem. The Speaker, and on behalf of the MPs, congratulated His Highness the Crown Prince on the advent of Kuwait’s 60th National Day and 30th Anniversary of the Liberation Day. In a reply cable, His Highness the Crown

Prince thanked Speaker Ghanem and the MPs for their sincere sentiments. Meanwhile, His Highness the Crown Prince sent a cable to His Highness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah, and Sheikh Mubarak Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, congratulating them on Kuwait’s 60th National Day and 30th Anniversary of Liberation. His Highness the Crown Prince received a reply letter from His Highness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah and Sheikh Mubarak Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, where they congratulated His Highness the Crown Prince on the happy occasions.

Furthermore, His Highness the Crown Prince received similar congratulations’ cables from His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, and Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad. In turn, His Highness the Crown Prince, in reply cables, thanked the officials for their sincere sentiments.

Leadership’s efforts
Kuwait celebrates its 60th National Day today, marking the efforts of its leadership to develop all sectors and preserve the country’s peace and stability. This year’s celebrations will be the first under the leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

During the celebrations, Kuwait is also remembering the great efforts of the late Amir His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who passed away on 29 September, after long years of national and international achievements at every level. Although this year’s celebrations come in time of the coronavirus virus crisis, as today marks one year since discovering the first coronavirus case in Kuwait, this crisis showed Kuwaiti people’s strength and unity in facing the pandemic.

Even though public celebrations are banned by the government due to the ongoing crisis, Kuwaiti families will continue celebrating the event in their homes. Meanwhile, all segments of society are cooperating to deal with the impact of the coronavirus, including the great efforts of the health care workers and people who volunteered in different areas.

Kuwait had celebrated the first national day on June 19, 1962, organizing a huge military performance. Then Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah said in his speech that Kuwaitis will unite in building a great future for their country and achieve social equality. In the same year, Kuwait launched an establishment council tasked with setting the constitution that relies on democracy. The constitution was approved by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem in November 1962, then holding the first legislative elections in 23 January, 1963.

National day celebrations continued to be held on June 19 between 1962-64, but an Amiri decree issued on May 18, 1964, merging Independence Day with ascension of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem to office to be February 25. Kuwait’s foreign policy has always been neutral and peaceful, while also focusing on cooperation with regional and international organizations to achieve international peace and stability.

Kuwait had also built strong relations with the Arab and Muslim Worlds, and exerted great efforts in supporting the work of the GCC, Arab League and the UN. Moreover, the country has great achievements in the humanitarian field, continuously aiding those in need around the world. These efforts were recognized by the UN in September 2014, granting late His Highness Sheikh Sabah the “Humanitarian Leader” title, and Kuwait the “Humanitarian Center” title.

In the 70s and 80s, the National Day celebrations were held along the Arabian Gulf street, with performances by school students and musical bands. In 1985, Kuwait opened the Flag Square overlooking Arabian Gulf to hold national celebrations. The square also includes the longest pole, raising the Kuwaiti flag to about 36 meters. – KUNA

Civil Aviation: Based on the instructions of the health authorities in #Kuwait DGCA decided to extend bans entry for non-Kuwaitis until further notice, Citizens are permitted to enter Kuwait will have to quarantine in a local hotel for 7 days at their own cost & 7 days at home quarantine.. #الكويت
کویت میں محکمہ صحت کے حکام کی ہدایات پر ڈی جی سی اے نے اگلا فیصلہ آنے تک غیر ملکیوں پر داخلے کی پابندی برقرار رکھنے کا حکم۔

KUWAIT: The Central Bank building and Souq Sharq are illuminated in the colors of the national flag yesterday as Kuwait prepares to celebrate its 60th National Day and 30th Liberation Day. – Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Friday that Kuwaiti patients and students, unaccompanied under-18-year-old travelers, diplomats and medical staff arriving from coronavirus high-risk countries are exempt from hotel quarantine, provided that they quarantine at home for the entire 14-day period.

As of Sunday, Feb 21, arrivals from these countries via direct flights will have to quarantine at a local hotel for 14 days at their own expense, the DGCA said in a press statement. Those arriving from other countries will have to quarantine at a local hotel for only seven days at their own expense and isolate themselves for another seven days at their homes. The DGCA added that all travelers have to register on its Kuwait Mosafer platform. Those who do not register will not be allowed to board the plane, it warned.

Interior Minister Sheikh Thamer Ali Al-Sabah on Thursday called on travelers to abide by all health and regulatory instructions related to the fight against the coronavirus. The minister also asked all travelers to and from Kuwait to register on the Kuwait Mosafer application for all health and safety instructions and guidelines, according to a statement by ministry’s department of security media and public relations.

Sheikh Thamer said all travelers have to make prior reservations for hotel quarantine and pay for two PCR tests in Kuwait. The minister called on both nationals and residents to be committed to the instructions set by the health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19. Travelers will be allowed to travel only after registering on the Kuwait Mosafer app and complete hotel reservation measures, he stressed. – KUNA

KUWAIT: Kuwait Ministry of Interior Undersecretary Lt Gen Essam Al-Naham discussed areas of joint cooperation with Commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command Vice Admiral Samuel Paparo yesterday.

Joint strategic security partnership, maritime cooperation and the importance of bilateral relations between the Kuwait Coast Guard and the US Navy were amongst the addressed topics, read a ministry press release.

Meanwhile, the US Vice Admiral expressed his country’s appreciation for Kuwait’s role in promoting security and peace in the region, presenting the Kuwaiti senior officer with a memorial shield on the occasion. – KUNA

KUWAIT: As part of wider cooperation efforts between the Environment Public Authority and the Embassy of the United States of America, the Director General of the Public Authority for the Environment, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah and Deputy Director General of Technical Affairs, Dr Abdullah Al-Zaidan, hosted US Ambassador Alina Romanowski at the Jahra Nature Reserve yesterday.

Romanowski was briefed about the reserve’s biodiversity and the different habitats. During the visit, the Ambassador participated in planting mangrove trees along the coast of the reserve as part of Kuwait’s coastal environment rehabilitation project.

“It was inspiring for me to see how the Kuwait Environment Public Authority (KEPA) is preserving a beautiful natural environment like Al-Jahra Nature Reserve. The Reserve is home to some really unique and precious plants and animals, and I hope that all Kuwaitis will have the chance to experience the Reserve in the future,” Ambassador Romanowski said.

She added that, “We at the US Embassy are ready to work with KEPA and other Kuwaiti institutions to share knowledge from the United States about environmental conservation and operating public nature reserves.” The project launched in 2018, and mangrove seeds were planted along the coasts of Al-Jahra reserve, Al-Subbiya and on Boubyan island.

Indian Ambassador Sibi George speaks during an open house at the Indian Embassy yesterday.

By Sajeev K Peter

KUWAIT: In 2020, 334 Indians died due to COVID-19 out of 1,279 deaths of Indians registered in Kuwait, Indian Ambassador Sibi George told an open house at the Indian Embassy yesterday. Addressing community members, he said the embassy registered 572 more death cases in 2020 than the 707 cases in 2019.

Deaths due to natural causes also rose to 786 in 2020 from 551 in 2019, an increase of 235. “The situation is not looking very good this year. In January 2021, we had 101 deaths of Indians registered at the mission, against 55 deaths in January 2020 and 63 deaths in January 2019. At the same time, this number is smaller than the most difficult months of last year, when we lost 288 Indians in July and 172 in August,” the ambassador revealed, expressing condolences to the families of the deceased.

In the first week of February, the embassy issued an advisory to the community in view of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation. “We have seen that in recent weeks, there has been a spike in cases. I reiterate to all to adhere to and abide by the regulations and procedures announced by the government of Kuwait to combat and limit the spread of the coronavirus as part of our individual and collective responsibility to deal with the pandemic,” George said. He said the embassy is ready to provide assistance including meeting the medical expenses of all emergency medical cases on a “means tested basis”.

The ambassador held a meeting with the Indian Community Support Group (ICSG) on Tuesday, where he discussed the next steps in view of the emerging pandemic situation. He said the embassy will continue to provide air tickets to all deserving cases and make travel arrangements to those who need medical escort. As part of India’s evacuation mission ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, over 180,000 Indians have travelled back to India from Kuwait. The mission is still operational, he added.

On the issue of Indians who are stranded in India and in transit in Dubai and elsewhere, George said the embassy is in constant touch with authorities to facilitate their early return to Kuwait. “But we are not sure when they can come to Kuwait. Our missions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are extending all possible help to those stranded in Dubai. I am continuing my meetings with the Kuwaiti leadership to raise all issues of interest and concern of the community,” he added.

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