Swiss Pres­i­dent: Switzer­land, Kuwait cher­ish free­dom, open to the world Kuwait, Switzer­land sign agree­ment

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KUWAIT:

Vis­it­ing Pres­i­dent of the Swiss Con­fed­er­a­tion Jo­hann Sch­nei­der-Am­mann said yes­ter­day that Switzer­land and Kuwait cher­ish their free­dom, are open to the world and ac­tively con­trib­ute to strength­en­ing in­ter­na­tional peace. He said in a state­ment on the side­lines of his on­go­ing visit to Kuwait that both coun­tries are com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing the har­mo­nious co­ex­is­tence of the di­verse com­po­nents of their re­spec­tive na­tional so­ci­eties.

He said he was so happy to have the op­por­tu­nity to pay this State visit to Kuwait and to cel­e­brate fifty years of of­fi­cial re­la­tions be­tween both coun­tries, adding that talks with His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and other Kuwaiti of­fi­cials were most sub­stan­tial. He noted that just as sig­nif­i­cant, how­ever, is the fact that they took place in the very spirit of cor­dial­ity and friend­ship that has al­ways char­ac­ter­ized mu­tual ties, be it at of­fi­cial level or sim­ply in day-to-day con­tacts. “This visit has con­vinced me that there is some­thing spe­cial about our re­la­tions. It seems to me that de­spite cer­tain ob­vi­ous and nat­u­ral dif­fer­ences de­ter­mined by dis­tance, ge­og­ra­phy and his­tory, as well as cul­tural back­grounds and tra­di­tions, we do un­der­stand each other very eas­ily, with a gen­uine feel­ing of fa­mil­iar­ity and mu­tual benev­o­lence,” he said.

Hos­pi­tal­ity

The Swiss pres­i­dent added that Kuwait’s tra­di­tion of hos­pi­tal­ity and open­ness to the out­side world plays a ma­jor role here - it is af­ter all an an­cient trad­ing na­tion where peo­ple from all ori­gins, back­grounds and walks of life have met for cen­turies, done busi­ness to­gether and es­tab­lished part­ner­ships and friend­ships. Ties with Switzer­land are no ex­cep­tion: although of­fi­cially es­tab­lished in 1966, our mu­tual re­la­tions date back much fur­ther.

“For in­stance, the renowned qual­ity of Swiss ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions has at­tracted Kuwaiti fam­i­lies for decades, and I am proud to note that sev­eral Kuwaiti alumni of Swiss schools and uni­ver­si­ties have gone on to play a de­ci­sive part in es­tab­lish­ing an ad­vanced and flour­ish­ing Kuwait. To­day, Kuwaitis - in­clud­ing many of the coun­try’s lead­ers, politi­cians and busi­ness­peo­ple have a deep at­tach­ment to Switzer­land, as I have been able to see for my­self dur­ing my talks. Many have even cho­sen Switzer­land as their sec­ond home,” he noted. He con­cluded by say­ing that friend­ship and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing stems from shared val­ues and be­liefs be­tween the peo­ples of Switzer­land and Kuwait.

Pres­i­dent Sch­nei­der-Am­mann ar­rived in Kuwait on Sun­day for a state visit to Kuwait where he has al­ready met with His High­ness the Amir and sev­eral other se­nior of­fi­cials. Kuwait and Switzer­land have signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on po­lit­i­cal talks, in the pres­ence of His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah and Pres­i­dent of the Swiss Con­fed­er­a­tion Jo­hann Sch­nei­der-Am­mann. The agree­ment was signed by Kuwaiti Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Suleiman Al-Jar­al­lah and Swiss As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary and Di­rec­tor of Mid­dle East Af­fairs Am­bas­sador Wolf­gang Amadeus. The Swiss Pres­i­dent also met yes­ter­day with First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor, State Min­is­ter of Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Dr Hind Al-Subaih, Chair­man of the Kuwait Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (KCCI) Ali Mo­ham­mad Thu­nayan Al-Ghanem and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Kuwait In­vest­ment Au­thor­ity (KIA) Bader Mo­ham­mad Al-Saad. Later dur­ing the day, High­ness the Crown Prince hosted a lun­cheon in honor of the vis­it­ing pres­i­dent and his del­e­ga­tion. Pres­i­dent Sch­nei­der-Am­mann also vis­ited the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter, where he toured this his­toric land­mark.

Dis­tinc­tive ties

Pres­i­dent Sch­nei­der-Am­mann’s visit rep­re­sents a quan­tum leap in the two coun­tries’ dis­tinc­tive ties, Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to Switzer­land Bader Al-Tu­naib af­firmed Sun­day. The visit is part of the 50th an­niver­sary of the Kuwaiti-Swiss diplo­matic re­la­tions, Tu­naib stated. The two coun­tries share com­mon grounds in the po­lit­i­cal ac­tion such as democ­racy, state of law, and par­lia­men­tary au­thor­ity, he said, adding that Kuwait and Bern also share mu­tual in­ter­ests in the hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion in con­flict­stricken coun­tries. The Kuwaiti-Swiss ties have also gone be­yond com­mer­cial and eco­nomic fields to reach joint po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue in a num­ber of re­gional is­sues, Tu­naib noted, point­ing out Switzer­land’s me­di­at­ing role in the re­gion, no­tably as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Iran’s in­ter­ests, in ad­di­tion to host­ing talks on Syr­ian and Ye­meni cri­sis. —KUNA

KUWAIT: Lord Mayor of Lon­don Dr An­drew Charles Parm­ley ar­rived in Kuwait yes­ter­day on an of­fi­cial visit to the coun­try. He was re­ceived by Gov­er­nor of Hawally re­tired Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Sheikh Ah­mad Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah. —KUNA

Pres­i­dent of the Swiss Con­fed­er­a­tion Jo­hann Sch­nei­der-Am­mann meets with Chair­man of the Kuwait Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (KCCI) Ali Mo­ham­mad Thu­nayan Al-Ghanem.

Pres­i­dent of the Swiss Con­fed­er­a­tion Jo­hann Sch­nei­der-Am­mann meets with First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah.

Pres­i­dent of the Swiss Con­fed­er­a­tion Jo­hann Sch­nei­der-Am­mann vis­its the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Cul­tural Cen­ter.

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