Kuwait parliament slams sectarian rhetoric over Syria

June 14, 2013 00:03


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KUWAIT - Kuwait's parliament on Thursday condemned attempts to use the crisis in Syria to stoke sectarian tensions, calling for the government to crack down on "extremist behavior" and rhetoric in the Gulf Arab state.

The statement appeared to be a response to an anti-Hezbollah demonstration outside the Lebanese Embassy in Kuwait on Tuesday where a Sunni Muslim cleric gave a fiery speech against the involvement of the Lebanese Shi'ite group in Syria's civil war.

The Syrian conflict has aggravated Sunni-Shi'ite tensions across the Middle East, with Iran and Hezbollah supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Sunni-ruled nations such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar backing rebels. Sunni militants have also entered the country to help Assad fighters.

Kuwait has denounced the actions of Syria's army and sent humanitarian aid for refugees, but unlike some other Gulf states it has not called for arming the rebels.

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