KUWAIT-POLISH TIES TO DEEPEN AFTER SIGNING OF VISA AGREEMENT: EXPERT
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