LGBTQ+ rights

Kuwait’s foreign ministry summons US Embassy official over tweets

Reuters
Kuwait’s foreign ministry summons US Embassy official over tweets

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kuwait City. Kuwait City, Kuwait.

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The US embassy in Kuwait tweets about support for LGBTQ+ rights in celebration of Pride Month. Homosexuality is punishable by law in a number of majority Muslim countries, including Kuwait.

Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday, June 2, summoned the United States Embassy’s acting charge d’affaires over tweets the embassy published that “support homosexuality,” the ministry said in a statement.

The US embassy in Kuwait tweeted earlier Thursday: “All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear no matter who they are or whom they love.”

“@POTUS is a champion for the human rights of #LGBTQI persons.”

Kuwait said it handed the charge d’affaires a memorandum stating its rejection of what was published and stressing the need for the embassy to respect the laws and regulations in force in the State of Kuwait and the obligation not to publish such tweets.

Homosexuality is punishable by law in a number of majority Muslim countries, including Kuwait.

The US embassy in Saudi Arabia published on June 1 a tweet that included support for the LGBT community, saying: “During #Pride2022, @StateDept celebrates the contributions members of the LGBTQI+ community make to our nation. We are committed to ending violence, discrimination, and stigma against LGBTQI+ persons worldwide”.

Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina. – Rappler.com