Kuwaiti interior minister urges national unity as Sunni-Shiite tensions flares

September 20, 2010 10:36 am 

KUWAIT CITY, Sept. 20 — Kuwait's Interior Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah called for national unity on Sunday as tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims were flaring in the tiny Gulf state.

He said the emirate will implement the law faithfully to protect national unity in part of the measures to cool down the rift triggered by the controversial remarks by an exiled Kuwaiti Shiite activist.

Al-Khaled called on the Kuwaiti people to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to safeguard national unity and prevent individuals or groups who attempts to sabotage the stability.

Earlier in the day, the interior ministry also banned public rallies after several Sunni blocs vowed to stage protests against Yassser Al-Habeeb, who they said had made disparaging words about the Prophet Mohammed's wife.

The ministry said any gatherings require prior approvals from authority and unauthorized rallies or protests would be punished, the official KUNA news agency reported.

Sunnis made up around two-thirds of the total population in this oil-rich country. (PNA/Xinhua)

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