Kuwait rejects Trump’s statements, says will not recognise Israel

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Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah [Raed Quietena/EPA]
The recent comments made by US President Donald Trump, who alleged that Kuwait could be the next country to establish direct diplomatic relations with Israel, have sparked controversy in Kuwait.

US President Donald Trump on Friday hints at Kuwait’s recognition of Israel at the White House. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas reporting on Monday, quoted governmental sources as saying that the Kuwaiti position on normalization with Israel is firm and unaltered, noting that Kuwait will not change its stance and refuses relations with Israel categorically.

The newspaper added that Trump’s recent statements were not made in light of his meeting with Sheikh Nasser Bin Sabah Al-Ahmad, who received a medal awarded by the US president on behalf of the Emir of Kuwait.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser al-Sabah. [YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images]
The sources stated that Kuwait is not subjected to any pressure to change its anti-normalization position, explaining that the Kuwaiti decision is a sovereign matter and will not change.

The same sources indicated that Kuwait adheres to the Palestinian people’s right to reach a fair settlement based on a peaceful approach, concerning international legitimacy resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative, and the two-state solution.

Kuwaiti MP questions details over meeting with Trump

Kuwaiti Parliament. (Reuters)

Kuwaiti MP Mohammed Al-Dallal has asked Foreign Minister Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed about Donald Trump’s remarks regarding potential normalization with Israel.

Al-Dallal asked the minister regarding Trump’s comment that Kuwait might normalize relations with Israel. He asked for details about Trump’s meeting with the Kuwaiti delegation.

(AFP)

The MP also wants to know how his country’s delegation responded to Trump’s remarks and why the foreign ministry has not released a statement to explain Kuwait’s official stance on normalization.

The Kuwaiti media did not report on the minister’s response to Al-Dallal’s inquiries or if the ministry has made a statement regarding the normalization of ties with Israel.

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