Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

A visa waiver agree­ment be­tween Kuwait and Poland, signed in War­saw last Thursday, will deepen ties fur­ther as both coun­tries ex­pect­ing busi­ness ties to grow, an ex­pert in Arab-Pol­ish ties said. Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah signed with Pol­ish For­eign Min­istry Un­der­sec­re­tary Joanna Wro­necka, a re­cip­ro­cal visa ex­emp­tion agree­ment for diplo­matic pass­ports’ hold­ers.

Kuwait was the first Arab state in the Ara­bian Gulf re­gion which had al­lowed Poland to open its mis­sion when War­saw was still un­der com­mu­nist rule, Suren­der Bhutani said in a state­ment by phone from the Pol­ish cap­i­tal Sun­day.

“The re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries re­mained very cor­dial. Kuwait also gave schol­ar­ships to Pol­ish stu­dents in the 1970s. Pro­fes­sor Jerzy Zdanowski of the Pol­ish Academy of Sciences was one of the first stu­dents who stud­ied Ara­bic in Kuwait. Today, Zdanowski is one the finest Ara­bists of Poland,” said Bhutani, who hails from In­dia and is a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor to Pol­ish Academy of Sciences in War­saw for the last 22 years.

“Since the be­gin­ning of the 21st cen­tury, Kuwait has also opened its diplo­matic mis­sion in War­saw. Now Saudi Ara­bia, Qatar and the UAE are the other Gulf states who have opened their diplo­matic mis­sions in War­saw,” said Bhutani who is a renowned scholar, poet and writer.

He was a Re­search As­so­ciate and in charge of the Mid­dle East Divi­sion, at In­sti­tute for De­fense Stud­ies and Analy­ses, New Delhi, from 1973 to 1978. He was Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor with a rank of an Am­bas­sador at the Arab Cul­tural Cen­tre, New Delhi, from 1979 to 1982. Bhutani has au­thored and edited many books in­clud­ing “Con­tem­po­rary Gulf” pub­lished in New Delhi 1980, and The UN and the Arab-Is­raeli Con­flict pub­lished in 1977. —KUNA

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