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Kuwait to boycott Bahrain conference

The Kuwaiti parliament announced yesterday that it will boycott the Manama conference and has stressed its support for Palestinian rights.

In a statement read during an open meeting, Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said: "Kuwait is a supporter of occupied Palestine and rejects normalising ties with Israel."

He added: "As all Kuwaitis are against normalisation, we call for the government to adopt a strict and decisive stance to boycott the meeting in Bahrain."

Al-Ghanim hailed the stance of the Kuwaiti foreign ministry, which keeps up with the policy of the Kuwait Emir, regarding support for international legitimacy and Palestinian rights.

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Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Subah Al-Khalid said: "The government has listened to the statement and stresses it is sticking to its principles in support of the Palestinian cause… we accept what our Palestinian brothers accept."

MP Abdel-Karim Al-Kandary said: "The parliament has commissioned the committee of legislation affairs to make sure there would be no normalisation."

He added: "We stand against any direct or indirect normalisation attempt."

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