Amir ar­rives in Rus­sia for ‘im­por­tant’ sum­mit

Mideast cri­sis, ter­ror­ism top agenda as Kuwaiti, Rus­sian lead­ers meet

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His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion ar­rived in the Rus­sian city of Sochi yes­ter­day on a visit dur­ing which he will hold of­fi­cial talks with Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. On ar­rival, His High­ness the Amir was re­ceived by Min­is­ter for the De­vel­op­ment of Rus­sian Far East Alexan­der Galushka, Sochi Mayor Ana­toly Pakho­mov, Kuwait’s am­bas­sador to Rus­sia Ab­du­laziz Ah­mad Al-Ad­wani, and of­fi­cials of the em­bassy.

Mean­while, a Rus­sian diplo­mat has de­scribed the Amir’s visit as “im­por­tant.” “The visit of His High­ness the Amir of the State of Kuwait will give a boost to bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in dif­fer­ent spheres,” Pe­ter Stegny, who served as Rus­sian Am­bas­sador in Kuwait, said in a state­ment. He said the Amir’s sum­mit talks with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin would be im­por­tant be­cause of the crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East and the Ara­bian Gulf re­gions, as well as ris­ing threats of ter­ror­ism.

Stegny said Kuwait and Rus­sia en­joyed long re­la­tion­ships, cit­ing a visit by a Rus­sian naval ship to the Kuwaiti ports in the early 20th cen­tury, when sailors took pho­tos of Kuwait and the then ruler Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah. Kuwait es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions with the Soviet Union in 1963, thus it was the “only win­dow for the Sovi­ets in the Ara­bian Gulf re­gion,” he said. Stegny said bi­lat­eral re­la­tions were strong that Kuwaiti ships were hoist­ing the Soviet Union flag while sail­ing through the Strait of Hor­muz dur­ing the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war. Rus­sia, he noted, also sup­ported Kuwait dur­ing the Iraqi in­va­sion and oc­cu­pa­tion in the 1990-91.

Stegny said he was happy to work as Am­bas­sador in Kuwait dur­ing the post-in­va­sion re­con­struc­tion pe­riod.

He com­mended the ef­forts of the Kuwaiti gov­ern­ment and peo­ple in over­com­ing the trau­matic im­pacts of the Iraqi seven-month oc­cu­pa­tion. Kuwait and Rus­sia also co­op­er­ated closely in the search for Kuwaiti pris­on­ers and miss­ing. “This hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion bol­stered sol­i­dar­ity be­tween the Rus­sian and Kuwaiti peo­ple,” he said. Stegny said His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad played an im­por­tant role to fos­ter re­la­tions with Moscow when he was a for­eign min­is­ter.

MOSCOW: His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is re­ceived by Min­is­ter for the De­vel­op­ment of Rus­sian Far East Alexan­der Galushka, Sochi Mayor Ana­toly Pakho­mov, Kuwait am­bas­sador to Rus­sia Ab­du­laziz Ah­mad Al-Ad­wani, and of­fi­cials of the em­bassy.

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