Kuwait do­nates to build projects in Bos­nia, Croa­tia

KD 23 mil­lion loan for Sabah Al-Ah­mad road in Dji­bouti

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait has do­nated a sum of 390,000 eu­ros to a fit­ness cen­ter in the south­ern city of Mostar in Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina, Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to Sara­jevo Nasser Al-Mu­tairi an­nounced yes­ter­day. He noted that this an­nounce­ment was made when mem­ber of the Pres­i­dency of Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina Dra­gan Covic met with Mu­tairi in the Bos­nian cap­i­tal.

More­over, the Kuwaiti diplo­mat in­formed Covic that the do­na­tion is part of an in­ces­sant flow of aid given to the South­east­ern Euro­pean na­tion. Mean­while, the Bos­nian of­fi­cial con­veyed his greet­ings to His High­ness the Amir, say­ing that the do­na­tion proves “Kuwait’s com­mit­ment to hu­man­i­tar­ian val­ues,” the state­ment added. It also noted that both of­fi­cials dis­cussed bi­lat­eral ties and strate­gies to fur­ther en­hance them.

Kuwait had also an­nounced do­nat­ing $500,000 to the con­struc­tion of the Is­lamic Cul­tural Cen­ter in the Croa­t­ian city of Sisak to meet the grow­ing needs of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity there. “This con­tri­bu­tion by the State of Kuwait to this project reaf­firms its lead­ing and dis­tinct role in sup­port­ing the phi­lan­thropy,” Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to Croa­tia Ay­man Al-Ad­sani said in his speech at a cer­e­mony held in Sisak on Mon­day to lay the foun­da­tion stone of the project.

“(It is also) em­pha­siz­ing the role of His High­ness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah in sup­port­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian and char­i­ta­ble causes in all over the world, which was cul­mi­nated in giv­ing His High­ness the ti­tle of ‘Hu­man­i­tar­ian Leader’ for his ef­forts in the fields of phi­lan­thropy and de­vel­op­ment.”

The am­bas­sador un­der­lined that the State of Kuwait, since its in­de­pen­dence, has en­acted for it­self a con­sis­tent ap­proach in its for­eign pol­icy, among its pil­lars is to sup­port aid and de­vel­op­ment all over the world re­gard­less of the geo­graph­i­cal, re­li­gious and eth­nic de­ter­mi­nants, on the ba­sis of its faith and con­viction of the im­por­tance of in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ship. “The con­tri­bu­tion by the State of Kuwait to build this Is­lamic Cul­tural Cen­ter is part of Kuwait’s global role in sup­port­ing is­sues re­lated to Is­lam and Mus­lims all over the world,” he added.

Ad­sani noted that this con­tri­bu­tion to the Is­lamic cen­ter in the Repub­lic of Croa­tia is a con­fir­ma­tion of the sta­tus Croa­tia holds as be­ing an ex­cep­tional model for in­te­gra­tion and co­ex­is­tence in Europe. “This has be­come a rare trait at a time when many ar­eas around the world are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sec­tar­ian con­flicts. We are cer­tain that Mus­lims in the Repub­lic of Croa­tia would play a pos­i­tive na­tional role in the en­rich­ment of the Croa­t­ian and Euro­pean iden­tity,” he con­cluded.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Grand Mufti of the Repub­lic of Croa­tia, Head of Is­lamic Cen­ter in the Repub­lic of Croa­tia Dr Aziz Hasanovic; the Head of Mus­lim Schol­ars in the coun­try Sheikh Hu­sain Kfa­zovic; the Mayor of Sisak City; sev­eral lo­cal of­fi­cials.

Road project

In other news, Kuwait signed a KD 23 mil­lion ($78.2 mil­lion) loan agree­ment with Dji­bouti, to fi­nance the Tad­joura-Balho road project, known as Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Road, Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (KFAED) an­nounced Mon­day. The project aims mainly at boost­ing eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment in Dji­bouti’s north­ern re­gion and ar­eas, KFAED said in a press state­ment.

It will con­trib­ute to en­hanc­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion among the cap­i­tal’s ar­eas, as well as eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity cen­ters, ed­u­ca­tion and health ser­vices, it added. The project also aims at fac­ing the in­creased de­mand for trans­porta­tion be­tween Dji­bouti and the north­ern ar­eas of neigh­bor­ing Ethiopia, which would re­fresh the two-way trade in that re­gion, the state­ment said.

KFAED also noted that the project in­cludes high­way en­gi­neer­ing works to con­struct an as­phalt-paved road of 112 km long and nine me­ters wide. The project has been equipped with san­i­ta­tion re­quire­ments, pro­tec­tion and safety fa­cil­i­ties, and two sta­tions for weights mea­sur­ing and fees col­lect­ing, in ad­di­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and en­gi­neer­ing works to su­per­vise the project’s im­ple­men­ta­tion, it added. — KUNA

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