NATO keen on en­hanc­ing ties with Kuwait: Of­fi­cial

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The North At­lantic Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion (NATO) is keen on en­hanc­ing ties with Kuwait, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the GCC mem­ber coun­try hosted NATO-Is­tan­bul Co­op­er­a­tion Ini­tia­tive (ICI) Re­gional Cen­tre, an of­fi­cial af­firmed Mon­day.

NATO is well-aware of the ma­jor co­op­er­a­tion sig­nif­i­cance with Kuwait, and it is keen on en­hanc­ing and boost­ing it at all lev­els, Ni­cola de San­tis, Head of NATO’s Mid­dle East and North Africa Sec­tion, saidon the side­lines of the third meet­ing of the Con­sul­ta­tive Group for the ICI.

Since sign­ing the NATO-ICI ini­tia­tive last Fe­bru­ary, which also in­cludes the mem­ber­ship of UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar, the state of Kuwait, as a mem­ber, has been the most ef­fec­tive to­ward the ini­tia­tive, espe­cially in prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion and po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue ar­eas, de San­tis said.

The NATO-ICI Re­gional Cen­tre will con­trib­ute to strength­en­ing ties with GCC mem­ber-coun­tries, and fa­cil­i­tate reach­ing to other non-mem­ber coun­tries that showed in­ter­est in join­ing the ini­tia­tive such as Saudi Ara­bia and Oman, he noted. The NATO of­fi­cial also men­tioned that the Cen­tre would also boost co­op­er­a­tion with GCC Sec­re­tari at Gen­eral as part of its mis­sion in en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion with re­gional and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions. Mean­while, the third meet­ing of the con­sul­ta­tive group for ICI con­cluded in the Qatari cap­i­tal af­ter crys­tal­iz­ing a set of se­cu­rity ideas, vi­sions, and pro­pos­als. The threats to global se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity have be­come com­mon among all mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of Qatari For­eign Min­istry Dr Ah­mad AlHam­madi said in his speech, adding that this de­vel­op­ment re­quires a joint and com­pre­hen­sive ef­fort to face these threats, in ad­di­tion to the im­por­tance of ex­chang­ing ex­per­tise and in­for­ma­tion on re­gional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.

In the mean­time, Qatar’s Am­bas­sador to Bel­gium Sheikh Ali bin Jassem Al-Thani stressed the im­por­tance of ex­ert­ing joint ef­forts in or­der to face the se­cu­rity threats and dan­gers tar­get­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, not­ing that the NATO-ICI Ini­tia­tive had a clear role in strength­en­ing ties with NATO, and im­pact on se­cur­ing sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity in the re­gion.

Kuwait’s del­e­ga­tion to the meet­ing is headed by the coun­try’s Am­bas­sador to Bel­gium and Lux­em­bourg and head of its mis­sions to NATO and the Euro­pean Union (EU) Jassem Al-Bedaiwi. The del­e­ga­tion also in­cludes head of the Kuwaiti Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ap­pa­ra­tus’ se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion and fol­low-up depart­ment Sheikh Fawaz Mishaal Al-Jar­rah Al-Sabah.

MALABO: His high­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion ar­rived in Equa­to­rial Guinea yes­ter­day to lead Kuwait’s del­e­ga­tion to the 4th Africa-Arab Sum­mit due in Malabo. His High­ness the Amir was wel­comed at the air­port by Equa­to­rial Guinea’s Pres­i­dent Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mba­sogo, and other of­fi­cials. — KUNA

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