UK Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port vis­its Kuwait

MoU signed on civil avi­a­tion co­op­er­a­tion

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28: The UK Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port Rt. Hon Chris Grayling ar­rived in Kuwait on Sept 27 on a two- day of­fi­cial visit. He met HE Yasser Abul — Min­is­ter of State for Hous­ing Af­fairs & Min­is­ter for Ser­vice Af­fairs. He also held meet­ings at the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs. The meet­ings dis­cussed a wide range of is­sues in­clud­ing avi­a­tion se­cu­rity.

The Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling also met the Pres­i­dent of the Direc­torate for Civil Avi­a­tion Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Salem Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah. Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, he wit­nessed the sign­ing of a MoU be­tween the UK’s Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity In­ter­na­tional and the Kuwaiti Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion.

The sign­ing will sup­port col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions and will help strengthen Kuwait’s avi­a­tion over­sight ca­pa­bil­ity through train­ing and the pro­vi­sion of reg­u­la­tory tools to be­come a lead­ing avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tor in the Mid­dle East.

Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port Chris Grayling said: “This new agree­ment is fan­tas­tic news for the UK and Kuwait and demon­strates our shared com­mit­ment to pro­mot­ing higher stan­dards of avi­a­tion safety. We re­main com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing Kuwait be­come a lead­ing avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tor in the Mid­dle East and boost safety lev­els in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.”

The Bri­tish Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port was briefed dur­ing a meet­ing with Foster and Part­ners, who de­signed the new ter­mi­nal. The Sec­re­tary of State said fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion on the air­port that when the project is com­plete, it will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease ca­pac­ity and es­tab­lish a new re­gional air hub in the Gulf, in a state of the art ter­mi­nal build­ing. He also vis­ited the Kuwait Bri­tish Busi­ness Cen­tre.

Mean­while, the Trans­port Sec­re­tary at­tended a re­cep­tion yes­ter­day at the Bri­tish Em­bassy in Kuwait to mark the visit of the Red Ar­rows to Kuwait.

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