Kuwait refuses foreign interference in domestic affairs

June 14, 2010

Kuwait’s foreign minister has rejected foreign intervention in his country’s domestic affairs, saying that Kuwait was a sovereign country.

Shaikh Mohammad Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, reacting to a call to comment on the US concerns about the imprisonment of Kuwaiti lawyer and blogger Mohammad Al Jassem, said that the case was under the Kuwaiti law and that any intervention would harm it instead of supporting it.

“Kuwait is an independent and sovereign country. It has its system and authorities that decide the country’s vision and policies,” he said. “The judiciary system in Kuwait is fair and just. Kuwait is a. We all trust its constitutional branches and do not tolerate any intervention on our domestic affairs,” he said in Kuwait City.  

Shaikh Mohammad said that no Kuwaiti was denied justice and all the right to defend themselves.

Al Jassem is being detained for allegedly insulting Kuwait’s emir and spreading false news that could harm Kuwait’s national interests. His trial opened on May 24, but he has maintained that it was politically motivated.

Last week, P.J. Crowley, US State Department spokesman, said that they were concerned about Al Jassem’s case and raised their concerns with the Kuwaiti government.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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