Kuwait complies with UN crackdown on terror funding

18 August 2014

Two Kuwaitis to see travel ban and asset freeze after allegations of financing jihadists in Syria

Kuwait has agreed to comply with a United Nations resolution designed to weaken the jihadi group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), which has seized control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Permanent Delegate to the UN, Ambassador Mansour Ayyad al-Otaibi has confirmed that Kuwait will implement the resolution and all its terms, in a statement to the news agency KUNA, which functions as a branch of the Information Ministry.

Two Kuwaiti nationals, Hajjaj Bin Fahd al-Ajmi and Hamid Hamad Hamid al-Ali, were blacklisted under the resolution for allegedly providing financial support to Al-Nusra front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

The sanctions that were introduced on Friday target individuals who were recruiting or financing foreign fighters for extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

The UN Security Council also demanded that Islamic State and all Al-Qaeda-linked groups end to disband immediately.

Under the terms of the resolution, blacklisted citizens will be subject to an international travel ban, as well as an arms embargo. They will also have their assets frozen.

Four other people were also blacklisted on Friday including the Iraqi Isis spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani.

Two of the other men targeted by the resolution are from Saudi Arabia, which has also stated that it will enforce the terms of the resolution.

Both Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have recently amended laws to try and prevent citizens from travelling overseas to fight in foreign conflicts.

The new UN resolution was initially expected to be passed at the end of August, but was brought forward after Isis seized Iraq’s second city in June.

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