Kuwait, Rus­sia lead­ers ink agree­ments, MoUs

Amir, Putin dis­cuss eco­nomic, oil, mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion

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SOCHI: His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah held of­fi­cial talks with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin at the pres­i­den­tial palace in the Rus­sian city of Sochi. Dur­ing the talks, His High­ness the Amir of­fered heart­felt and sin­cere con­do­lences to the Rus­sian pres­i­dent over the vic­tims of the re­cent Rus­sian pas­sen­ger plane crash in Egypt’s Si­nai. The talks fo­cused on ways and means of pro­mot­ing ex­ist­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Kuwait and Rus­sia in eco­nomic, in­vest­ment, oil and mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion, re­flect­ing the depth of friend­ship and size of mu­tual in­ter­ests be­tween both sides.

Also dis­cussed dur­ing the talks were ways of de­vel­op­ing dis­tin­guished re­la­tions be­tween both friendly coun­tries in all fields, and the lat­est re­gional and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments, pri­mar­ily the Mid­dle East and anti-ter­ror­ism ef­forts. The talks were held in a friendly man­ner that re­flected mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and friend­ship, with both sides voic­ing will­ing­ness to de­velop bi­lat­eral re­la­tions up to the level that ful­fills the am­bi­tions of both friendly peo­ples and their as­pired goals.

Mean­while, Kuwait and Rus­sia yes­ter­day signed a host of bi­lat­eral agree­ments. The sign­ing cer­e­mony, held at the pres­i­den­tial palace in the Rus­sian city of Sochi, was at­tended by His High­ness the Amir and Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. These in­clude an agree­ment be­tween the two gov­ern­ments for the ex­emp­tion of en­try visa for hold­ers of diplo­matic, spe­cial and ser­vice pass­ports, signed by First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad AlSabah and his Rus­sian coun­ter­part Sergey Lavrov.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled also signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with Rus­sian Min­is­ter of Cul­ture Vladimir Medin­sky for cul­tural and artis­tic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Kuwait’s National Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters (NCCAL) and the Rus­sian Min­istry of Cul­ture. A co­op­er­a­tion MoU be­tween the Kuwaiti Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the Rus­sian Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion was also signed. Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Finance Anas Khaled Al-Saleh signed it with Rus­sia’s Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion Mak­sim Sokolov. A state­ment of in­tent was signed be­tween the Kuwaiti Min­istry of De­fense and the Rus­sian firm Rosoboronex­port for mil­i­tary equip­ment.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and De­fense Min­is­ter Sheikh Khaled Al-Jar­rah Al-Sabah signed the state­ment with Rosoboronex­port’s Direc­tor Gen­eral Ana­toly Isaikin. Fi­nally, CEO of the Kuwait Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (KPC) Nizar Al-Ad­sani signed a MoU with Chair­man of Rus­sia’s Gazprom Board of Di­rec­tors Alexey Miller for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both firms. A joint in­vest­ment MoU was signed be­tween the Kuwait In­vest­ment Au­thor­ity (KIA) and the Rus­sian Direct In­vest­ment Fund. It was inked by KIA Manag­ing Direc­tor Bader Al-Saad and Direc­tor of the Rus­sian fund Kir­ill Dmitriev.

In another de­vel­op­ment, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent pre­sented yes­ter­day His High­ness the Amir with an old copy of the Rus­sian Pravada news­pa­per dated on March 13, 1962, which han­dled the forg­ing of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the State of Kuwait.

SOCHI: His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin seen dur­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mony. — KUNA

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