Lebanese singer Nawal Al Zoughbi has announced that she has not insulted Kuwaitis in any way and therefore sees no need to apologize. The singer’s statement came in an interview in Kuwait during her participation in the Hello February Festival, and after she was attacked of betraying Kuwaitis by holding a concert in Iraq during the reign of former President Saddam Hussein.
The singer stressed that her performances in Iraq were based on the request of Iraqi citizens and not the government, and that she does not differentiate fans based on their nationalities and does not hold an entire nation responsible for the actions of its ruler. The singer added that the media for the wrong reasons misinterpreted her performance in Iraq.
Nawal revealed that as a singer she holds a message to all her audience whether in the Arab world or abroad, which has nothing to do with politics. The singer added that many singers and stars visited Iraq and not upon the request of its leaders, but rather for the Iraqi people.
The singer has expressed her shock towards the issue of apologizing for the Kuwaiti people and that they are extremely angry with her. She stressed that if the Kuwaitis were angry with her they would not have invited her to take part in the Hello February Festival, adding that there was never a request by any Kuwaiti official to ban her or her music in the country.
On a different note, Nawal announced that she will head to the United States of America and Canada at the end of February, where she is scheduled to hold a tour. The singer added that her tour will last for a month-and-a-half and she will be performing in a number of cities around Northern America.