Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry summons US embassy official over tweet supporting LGBTQ+ community

Kuwait̵7;s foreign ministry on Thursday summoned the acting charge d’affaires of the United States Embassy over tweets by the embassy that “support homosexuality”, the ministry said in a statement.

The US embassy in Kuwait tweeted earlier on Thursday: “All human beings should be treated with dignity and respect and able to live without fear, no matter who they are or those they love.” “@POTUS is a champion for the human rights of #LGBTQI individuals.”

Kuwait said it submitted a memorandum to the Charge d’Affaires, stressing its disapproval of what was published and the embassy’s obligation to respect applicable laws and regulations in the state of Kuwait and its obligation not to publish such tweets. .

Homosexuality is punishable by law in many majority-Muslim countries, including Kuwait.

The US Embassy in Saudi Arabia published a tweet on June 1 that included support for the LGBT community, saying: “During #Pride2022, @StateDept celebrates the contributions of members of the LGBTQI+ community to our country. We are committed to ending violence, discrimination and stigma against LGBTQI+ individuals around the world. Saudi Arabia is home to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.