KUWAIT: A large number of MPs are preparing to call for convening a special session following the Eid holidays to debate Kuwait's foreign policy towards Arab countries that have seen protests against the execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The National Action Bloc, which comprises eight MPs, called on the government in a statement yesterday to "revise its foreign policy with regards to Arab countries" on the basis of their reaction to the execution. The bloc also said it will request for convening a special session to debate the issue and call for halting foreign aid to those countries. Lawmakers have in the past two days strongly condemned the positions of Yemen, Libya, Palestinian factions and certain groups in Jordan that deplored Saddam's execution and hailed him as a martyr. Spokesman of the Popular Action Bloc MP Musallam Al-Barrak yesterday launched a scathing attack on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Barrak described them as "the orphans of Saddam Hussein who will face the same dark fate". "Yemen's president has said that Saddam's execution is an insult to all Arabs and we say that it is an insult to all leaders who oppress their people. Saddam has gone to the dustbin of history while his orphans wait for their dark fate like Saleh and Gaddafi," Barrak said.
He said that Kuwait has helped Yemen in almost every field while the Yemeni president "rushes to defend his master". Barrak said the call by Saddam's daughter to Saleh asking him to bury her father in Yemen "only reveals the suspicious relationship between the tyrant Saddam and Saleh". The lawmaker regretted the flow of Kuwaiti financial aid to Yemen and other countries, the latest of which was a $200m interest-free loan to Yemen. "It appears that our destiny is to increase aid and help to countries while they increase their insults towards us. We urge the government to defend the dignity of the Kuwaiti people," Barrak said.
He also blasted the Libyan leader who declared three days of mourning in respect of Saddam Hussein. Barrak had also strongly criticised Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas for criticising the execution of Saddam and branding it as an assassination. He called for halting all forms of financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.
Meanwhile, the visit of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya to Kuwait is becoming increasingly doubtful following Saddam's execution and the reactions that followed. Haniya was expected in Kuwait on Saturday, but sources said that the Palestinian premier's visit is not yet confirmed and some work is still needed to be done.