Kuwait crown prince receives ‘reassuring’ call on Emir’s health

Kuwait's crown prince received a call from the deputy head of the national guard reassuring him of the health of Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. (File/AFP)
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Updated 30 July 2020

Kuwait crown prince receives ‘reassuring’ call on Emir’s health

  • Sheikh Sabah arrived in the United States last week to complete medical treatment
  • The Emir is in a stable condition

DUBAI:  Kuwait's crown prince received a call from the deputy head of the national guard reassuring him of the health of Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, state news agency KUNA reported on Thursday.

Sheikh Sabah, who has ruled Kuwait since 2006, arrived in the United States last week to complete medical treatment, and is in a stable condition, Kuwait's cabinet said on Monday. 

Parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said on Sunday in a statement on the parliamentary Twitter account that the new of the emir's health was "very reassuring."

The emir's designated successor Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah temporarily took over some of the ruler's constitutional duties last Saturday.

(With Reuters)


France’s Macron to host donor conference for blast-stricken Lebanon

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France’s Macron to host donor conference for blast-stricken Lebanon

  • Rebuilding Beirut could run into the billions of dollars
  • Economists forecast the blast could wipe up to 25% off of the country’s GDP

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron will host US President Donald Trump and other political leaders on Sunday for a UN-endorsed donors’ conference by video to raise emergency relief for Lebanon following this week’s massive explosion in Beirut.
Lebanon was already mired in deep political and economic crisis when the blast ripped through its main port on Tuesday, killing 158 people, injuring more than 6,000 and destroying a swathe of the city.
Rebuilding Beirut could run into the billions of dollars. Economists forecast the blast could wipe up to 25% off of the country’s GDP.
Many Lebanese are angry at the government’s response and say the disaster highlighted the negligence of a corrupt political elite. Protesters stormed government ministries in Beirut and trashed the offices of the Association of Lebanese Banks on Saturday.
Macron visited Beirut on Thursday, the first world leader to do so after the explosion, and promised the Lebanese people humanitarian aid would come but that profound political reform was needed to resolve the country’s problems and secure longer term support.
“I guarantee you, this (reconstruction) aid will not go to corrupt hands,” Macron told the throngs who greeted him.
There has been an outpouring of sympathy for Lebanon from around the world this week and many countries have sent immediate humanitarian support such as a medical supplies, but there has been an absence of aid commitments so far.
Trump will participate in the video-link conference.
“Everyone wants to help!” he tweeted.
Germany will commit an additional 10 million euros ($11.79 million) in emergency aid on top of the rescue contributions already underway, its foreign minister said.
A Macron aide declined on Saturday to set a target for the conference. Emergency aid was needed for reconstruction, food aid, medical equipment and schools and hospitals, the official said.
Representatives of Britain, the European Union, China, Russia, Egypt and Jordan are expected to join the conference, hosted by Macron from his summer retreat on the French Riviera. Israel and Iran will not take part, the Elysee Palace official said. ($1 = 0.8485 euros)