Kuwait denies charges Gulf states gave money, weapons to Syrian protestors

November 21, 2011

Khalid Al Jarallah - Alaan

Kuwait on Monday evening denied charges that Arabian Gulf states had given money or weapons to the Syrian opposition.

The claims made by Yusuf Ahmad, the Syrian ambassador to Egypt and the Arab League, are not true and lack credibility, Khalid Al Jarallah, the assistant undersecretary for foreign affairs, said.

“I will not anticipate events and will wait for the meeting of the Arab Ministerial Committee and for its views that will be presented to the next meeting of Arab foreign ministers,” he told reporters in Kuwait City following a meeting of senior officials from the 8th Forum for the Future for the G8 and Middle East and North Africa (Mena) states.

The Syrian ambassador charged, in a statement to Kuwaiti daily Al Rai, on Monday that Gulf states poured money into Syria to sabotage the situation.

“There are remittances come from the Gulf countries in order to ruin Syria, and there is also the smuggling of weapons, in addition to the massive incitement by international media against the Syrians,” he said. “However, President Bashar Al Assad will not have the same fate as the former leaders of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, or Libya, Muammar Gaddafi.”

According to the diplomat, the decision to suspend Syria’s Arab Leaguemembership was planned by an Arab state interested in undermining security in Syria and in ensuring there is no Arab unity,” he said, without naming the state.

Syria, long seen as the bastion of Arab pan-nationalism, is only the third nation in the Arab League’s history to be suspended, after Egypt in 1979 and Libya in February this year. The Libyan membership was restored after the downfall of its former leader Muammar Gaddafi.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • 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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