NCCAL, IWG or­ga­nize ‘Kuwait in the eyes of diplo­mats’

Kuwait Times - - WHAT’S ON - By Faten Omar

In cel­e­bra­tion of Kuwait as the Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture for 2016, The Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters and the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Group Kuwait, or­ga­nized a panel dis­cus­sion en­ti­tled “Kuwait in the eyes of diplo­mats” on Wed­nes­day at the Kuwait Na­tional Li­brary au­di­to­rium. The Amiri Di­wan’s Ad­vi­sor Mo­ham­mad Abu Al-Hasan wel­comed the am­bas­sadors for the panel dis­cus­sion. He said, “I served Kuwait as its am­bas­sador in 6 coun­tries, and I know how hard it is to be serv­ing your coun­try and to emerge with the com­mu­nity, like these am­bas­sadors did.”

French Am­bas­sador to Kuwait, Chris­tian Nakhle said that the di­waniya, which in­cludes all spec­trums of the Kuwaiti peo­ple from all ages and cul­tures, played an im­por­tant role to his knowl­edge of Kuwait. He stressed that his coun­try’s re­la­tion­ship with Kuwait is old and rooted which be­gan when French ge­og­ra­phers placed Kuwait on their ge­o­graph­i­cal maps. Adding that France was one of the first coun­tries to rec­og­nize Kuwait’s in­de­pen­dence, it knows the im­por­tance of the de­vel­op­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions with the State, as they in­vested in Kuwait in Au­gust 1961 fol­low­ing its in­de­pen­dence. Nakhle pointed out that Kuwait is keen to pro­mote its cul­tural work with the French by or­ga­niz­ing var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tions, cul­tural events, host­ing aca­demics and artists re­fer­ring to the keen­ness of the French Em­bassy in turn, on the de­vel­op­ment of this joint work. He added that there are up­com­ing projects such as a hospi­tal for can­cer treat­ment, which is sched­uled to open soon. About visa, he ex­plained that France is con­tin­u­ing its ef­forts in fa­cil­i­tat­ing this process, point­ing out that last year, nearly 60 thou­sand Kuwaiti cit­i­zens got the French visa. He praised the role of Kuwaiti women in all ar­eas and their struggle for ac­cess to po­lit­i­cal rights and equal­ity with man.

The Egyp­tian Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Yasser Atef said that the di­waniya was a new ex­pe­ri­ence. He added that di­waniyas dis­tin­guish be­tween var­i­ous com­po­nents of Kuwaiti so­ci­ety and among the guests from var­i­ous coun­tries of the world who con­trib­ute to­wards de­vel­op­ment. He pointed out that he per­son­ally felt wel­comed af­ter ar­riv­ing in Kuwait, he saw that Kuwaiti peo­ple are aware of Egyp­tian his­tory, tradition, cul­ture, and art. Egyp­tian am­bas­sador added that his knowl­edge of Kuwait did not es­tab­lish when he be­come an am­bas­sador but long time ago, “I know Kuwait since I was ad­dicted to read­ing Al-Arabi magazine and en­joyed its ver­sions, world of knowl­edge and its distin­guished news­pa­pers.”

The Rus­sian Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Alexey Solo­matin said that Kuwait was the first coun­try in the Ara­bian Gulf to es­tab­lish diplo­matic re­la­tions with Rus­sia. That’s why there is much more re­spect and de­sire to co­op­er­ate with Kuwait and ex­change vis­its. We are ex­pect­ing a pro­posal from Rus­sia to set up a joint com­mit­tee with the govern­ment of Kuwait. Meet­ings cov­er­ing eco­nomic, tech­ni­cal, cul­tural, sci­en­tific and ed­u­ca­tion fields, he said. Solo­matin said, he took up his du­ties as a Rus­sian am­bas­sador to Kuwait in the spring of 2013 when the two friendly coun­tries at the time were cel­e­brat­ing the fifti­eth an­niver­sary of the diplo­matic ties.

He said that the re­la­tion­ship with Kuwait is old and rooted since last cen­tury when it hosted Sheikh Mubarak Al-Kabeer crews war­ships of the Rus­sian Im­pe­rial Fleet, which was vis­it­ing Kuwaiti beaches on its way to the Far East in 1900 and in 1903.

He ex­plained that the Rus­sian po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship is con­tin­u­ing to de­velop and strengthen re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly through the vis­its that con­trib­uted to the en­rich­ment since the nineties, when the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah, was a guest in Moscow in or­der to co­or­di­nate the po­si­tions of the ex­change be­tween the two coun­tries to­wards the most im­por­tant is­sues on the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness. Kuwait signed six agree­ments and mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two coun­tries in oil and gas, trans­porta­tion, di­rect in­vest­ment, mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion, tech­ni­cal and cul­tural field.

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