Time: 9:44 AM
A top Malaysian parliamentarian has affirmed
that the two high-ranking United Nations and World Bank awards awarded to His
Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah are "well deserved".
"Of course, His Highness deserves them. We have heard very good things
about Kuwait and such high recognition makes us happy," visiting Malaysian
Parliament Speaker Dato Mohamad Ariff Bin Md Yusof told Kuwait News Agency
(KUNA) in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
World Bank Group announced last Friday an exceptional award handed to His
Highness the Amir in recognition of his support of economic and social
development worldwide, and global peace.
On September 9, 2014, His Highness was honored by the UN and named leader
of humanitarian work.
Yusof said that his official visit to Kuwait along with a delegation
representing the Kuwaiti-Malaysian Friendship group aimed at meeting up with
Kuwaiti parliamentarians to exchange views about regional and international
issues of reciprocal interests.
"Yesterday I met with Kuwait's Speaker of Parliament Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim
at the airport and we are very interested to know about how the Kuwaiti
parliament works and to exchange views between our parliamentarians," he said.
"Kuwaiti parliament is the most active parliament in this region," affirmed
the Malaysian senior official.
Yusof added that Kuwait is a strategic partner of Malaysia, therefore, a
Malaysian-Kuwaiti Friendship Group was established following a meeting with
Kuwaiti Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur recently.
"We want to get the friendship group moving and maintain it that way,"
He said that this visit was scheduled last year and now since the
parliament is in recess "we made Kuwait's visit as a priority and this is the
first trip abroad."
The top parliamentarian also affirmed that Malaysia and Kuwait have things
in common and "we want to work together to achieve our common agenda and have
a common position both being members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)."
Asked about the recent position by US President Donald Trump to recognize
the occupied Syrian Golan Heights as part of Israel, Yusof confirmed by saying
"Obviously it is very wrong. Golan Heights is a Syrian territory and must
remain a Syrian territory. It must be returned to Syria according to
international law in this regard."
"We oppose it without reservations," he went on to say.
The Malaysian parliamentary delegation is here on a five-day official