New non-stop flights to Sharm El-Sheikh Dec 1

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait plans to launch new non­stop flights to Sharm El-Sheikh start­ing next month, in­stead of sea­sonal ones at present, in an ef­fort to en­hance Kuwait’s sup­port to Egypt, a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

The new plans comes as part of a host of ini­tia­tives for sup­port­ing the tourism sec­tor in Egypt, said Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah. He added that Kuwait of­fers Egypt per­pet­ual sup­port upon direct or­ders from His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Sheikh Sal­man, also head of the Higher Com­mit­tee for Tourism, made the state­ment to a press con­fer­ence with Egypt’s Tourism Min­is­ter Hisham Zaa­zou in Cairo yes­ter­day. He said that he was con­vey­ing a mes­sage from Kuwait’s po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship and peo­ple re­it­er­at­ing the coun­try’s per­ma­nent bak­ing to Egypt, which had al­ways sup­ported the Arabs, and Kuwait in par­tic­u­lar.

Cul­tural ini­tia­tives

Sheikh Sal­man re­ferred to other un­der­way cul­tural ini­tia­tives and pro­grams for the same pur­pose. The min­is­ter re­ferred to Kuwait’s ef­fec­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Sharm El-Sheikh eco­nomic sum­mit last March. In ad­di­tion, His High­ness the Amir at­tended the open­ing of the New Suez Canal. In ad­di­tion, he stressed full con­fi­dence in the Egypt’s econ­omy, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, ex­press­ing readi­ness to of­fer Egypt all types of tech­ni­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port.

Mean­while, Egyp­tian Tourism Min­is­ter Hisham Zaa­zou wel­comed the Kuwaiti min­is­ter and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion, and re­it­er­at­ing that both sides have deep-rooted re­la­tions. Zaa­zou un­der­scored the im­por­tance of the Kuwaiti tourism to Egypt.

The Kuwaiti and Saudi tourism is the main sources of Arab tourism to Egypt “even at the worst times,” he said. Zaa­zou also ap­pre­ci­ated Sheikh Sal­man’s visit, laud­ing Kuwait’s ini­tia­tives to sup­port the Egyp­tian tourist sec­tor. The com­ing pe­riod will see fur­ther ef­forts to en­hance bi­lat­eral ties, es­pe­cially in tourism, he said.

Arab fes­ti­val

Sheikh Sal­man ar­rived in the Egyp­tian cap­i­tal yes­ter­day to take part in the Arab fes­ti­val for youth cul­ture, arts and her­itage re­vival. The min­is­ter said be­fore leav­ing to the Egyp­tian cap­i­tal that Kuwait’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fes­ti­val stems from its be­lief in the ab­so­lute im­por­tance of joint Arab ac­tion, in line with guide­lines of the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship.

The min­is­ter, also Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters, Sal­man added that the State of Kuwait, through its chair­man­ship of the 38th ses­sion of the Coun­cil of Arab Min­is­ters of youth af­fairs, works on fos­ter­ing joint Arab ac­tion be­tween youth sec­tors, in­di­cat­ing that its par­tic­i­pa­tion, with a large del­e­ga­tion of youth of var­i­ous dis­ci­plines, re­flects its keen­ness on ce­ment­ing co­op­er­a­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and unity among the Arab youth, as well as to dis­sem­i­nat­ing dur­ing this fes­ti­val the lead­ing Kuwaiti ex­pe­ri­ence in all ar­eas and ac­tiv­i­ties es­pe­cially those per­ti­nent to cul­ture, arts and her­itage re­vival.

He pointed out that Kuwait’s speech at the meet­ing, to be held at the Arab League head­quar­ters in Cairo, rep­re­sents Kuwait’s vi­sion for “a road map” aimed to en­able Arab youth and help them de­velop their skills and con­struc­tive abil­i­ties, amid the cur­rent del­i­cate devel­op­ments ex­pe­ri­enced by the Arab na­tion.

Kuwait’s history

The min­is­ter stressed that Kuwait’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Her­itage Vil­lage in Sharm El-Sheikh, which opens to­day in pres­ence of Egyp­tian and Arab min­is­ters of youth, cul­ture and tourism will be through a spe­cial pav­il­ion within many Arab pav­il­ions to tell the history of the State of Kuwait and its cul­tural and hu­man­i­tar­ian her­itage.

He stressed that the Arab cul­tural her­itage at the Arab tra­di­tional vil­lage is con­sid­ered a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fac­tor among the Arab cul­tures through in­form­ing Arab youth about the cul­tures and her­itage of the rest of the Arab coun­tries, a mat­ter which in­creases and de­vel­ops the Arab sense of the im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the lead­ers of the fu­ture. —KUNA


CAIRO: Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence with Egypt’s Tourism Min­is­ter Hisham Zaa­zou in Cairo yes­ter­day.

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