Kuwait FM: War on Iraq imminent, authorities concerned of internal situation
Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said he believed war on Iraq was imminent and raised concerns over internal security after attacks against Americans, in an interview on Sunday.
"Military preparations and movements indicate that war is not far off. War is coming soon and we will not be exempt from its dangers," said Sheikh Sabah.
"My concern is not what will happen outside Kuwait but inside it. We should not worry about what (threats) will come from outside, but about how to control matters inside," he told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.
Sheikh Sabah said Kuwaiti authorities were closely monitoring those behind the attacks. He added the culprits were a handful of extremists who had trained in Afghanistan.
Asked how far Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network had infiltrated Kuwaiti society, he said: "Their number does not exceed the fingers of one hand, and our religious scholars are trying to give them guidance because Islam does not kill."
Sheikh Sabah said Kuwait was obliged to allow American forces to use its facilities and territory during the current crisis. (Albawaba.com)
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