Kuwait donates to build projects in Bosnia, Croatia
KD 23 million loan for Sabah Al-Ahmad road in Djibouti
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.
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