Kuwait, UK ham­mer out joint group’s six-month blue­print

Bri­tain rec­og­nizes Kuwait’s me­di­a­tion on Gulf cri­sis

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait and the UK yes­ter­day signed the Joint Steer­ing Group’s plan of ac­tion for six months to come aimed at en­sur­ing an ef­fec­tive and smooth im­ple­men­ta­tion of pre­vi­ously inked agree­ments. The blue­print was inked by Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah and UK Min­is­ter of state for Mid­dle West Alis­tair Burt, with sev­eral of­fi­cials from both sides at­tend­ing.

The move came fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the 10th meet­ing of the Kuwait-UK Joint Steer­ing Group, which re­flected on ways of pro­mot­ing and beef­ing up bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous do­mains. Dur­ing the meet­ing, both sides re­it­er­ated mu­tual willingness to con­sol­i­date Kuwaiti-UK co­op­er­a­tion and to thrash out po­ten­tial ob­sta­cles.

They em­pha­sized in a joint state­ment that they have to con­tinue mu­tual vis­its, and work to­gether in po­lit­i­cal, mil­i­tary, se­cu­rity, eco­nomic, trade, in­vest­ment, cul­tural, de­vel­op­ment, sci­en­tific, re­search and cy­ber­se­cu­rity do­mains. Also dur­ing the meet­ing, the Kuwaiti side voiced the de­sire to make use of UK ex­pe­ri­ence in the area of fi­nan­cial poli­cies and bud­gets, along with per­son­nel train­ing. Fur­ther­more, they ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with ex­ist­ing co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion among their mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity agen­cies in the fight against ter­ror­ism. The State of Kuwait and the UK also vowed to ex­change views on an ar­ray of re­gional is­sues and prob­lem’s, and on how to find peace­ful set­tle­ments to on­go­ing con­flicts in the re­gion. In this re­gard, the Bri­tish side highly com­mended Kuwait’s me­di­a­tory ef­forts to put an end to in­ter-Gulf ten­sions. The Kuwait-UK Joint Steer­ing Group was formed dur­ing His High­ness the Amir’s his­toric visit to Bri­tain in Novem­ber 2012. It con­venes ev­ery six months al­ter­nately be­tween Kuwait City and Lon­don.

Mean­while, Bri­tain ac­knowl­edged the ef­forts of Kuwait as it seeks to defuse ten­sions in the Gulf re­gion. This came as Bri­tish Sec­re­tary of State for For­eign Af­fairs Boris John­son met Jar­al­lah in Lon­don. The Bri­tish of­fi­cial said he looked for­ward to vis­it­ing Kuwait in the near fu­ture to dis­cuss the is­sue. — KUNA

Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah meets with Bri­tish Sec­re­tary of State for For­eign Af­fairs Boris John­son.

LON­DON: Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah and UK Min­is­ter of state for Mid­dle West Alis­tair Burt sign the Joint Steer­ing Group’s plan of ac­tion for six months to come. — KUNA

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