Kuwait ar­biter role wins Euro ac­claim

MPs seek boost in ties

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

Jasem al-Bu­daiwi with a Euro­pean law­maker. BRUS­SELS, Sept 16, (KUNA): A num­ber of Euro­pean law­mak­ers ex­pressed their great ad­mi­ra­tion for Kuwait’s roles as re­gional me­di­a­tor and global hu­man­i­tar­ian player dur­ing a se­ries of meet­ings with Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to Bel­gium, Euro­pean Union, and Lux­em­bourg, Jasem Al-Bu­daiwi.

Am­bas­sador Al-Bu­daiwi told the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Fri­day that he met seven Mem­bers of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment (MEPs) and dis­cussed with them ways to strengthen ties and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Kuwait and the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

“The pur­pose of my meet­ings with the MEPs was to find ways to en­hance Kuwait’s re­la­tion­ship with the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and dis­cuss is­sues of com­mon in­ter­ests and find com­mon grounds on re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues,” he said.

He met the MEPs from the big­gest po­lit­i­cal groups in­clud­ing the Euro­pean Peo­ples Party (EPP), the So­cial­ists and Democrats (S&D), the Lib­er­als (ALDE), the Euro­pean Con­ser­va­tives and Re­formists (ECR).

They were all very aware of Kuwait’s role in help­ing coun­tries like Syria, Ye­men, and Iraq and other nations in need, he noted.

“They praised Kuwait’s demo­cratic process, its hu­man rights record, its con­sti­tu­tion, its free­dom of speech. It was a very pos­i­tive meet­ing which set the ground for de­vel­op­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions,” stressed Am­bas­sador Al Bu­daiwi.

Am­bas­sador Al-Bu­daiwi and the MEPs also dis­cussed Kuwait’s Com­pre­hen­sive Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment with the Euro­pean Union and how the EP can play a role in im­ple­ment­ing this im­por­tant agree­ment and mak­ing good use of it.

“The com­mon view that I heard from ev­ery­body was how to en­hance the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Kuwait and the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment. They also ex­pressed their wish to visit Kuwait as soon as the op­por­tu­nity was given,” he said.

Am­bas­sador Al-Bu­daiwi briefed the MEPs on Kuwait’s good re­la­tions in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, mil­i­tary, en­ergy, and ed­u­ca­tional fields with all the 28 EU mem­ber states. He said over 3,000 Kuwaiti stu­dents were study­ing in Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties.

The MEPs also ex­pressed in­ter­est in send­ing del­e­ga­tions from their po­lit­i­cal groups to visit Kuwait to meet the lead­er­ship, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to en­hance Kuwait-Europe ties.

KUNA photo

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