Kuwait plays vi­tal role in re­gional sta­bil­ity: Turkey

Premier off to Ankara on of­fi­cial visit

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait, un­der the lead­er­ship of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah, plays a vi­tal role in main­tain­ing re­gional se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, said Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim yes­ter­day. In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view, Yildirim in­di­cated that the visit by Kuwaiti Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah will con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of ties as de­sired by both Kuwaiti and Turk­ish lead­er­ships as well as peo­ple.

Bi­lat­eral re­la­tions are strong and both coun­tries are ea­ger to pur­sue more co­op­er­a­tive venues, said Yildirim who re­vealed that there were more than 40 signed agree­ments and me­mos be­tween the two na­tions. He in­di­cated that co­op­er­a­tion in the de­fense do­main is one of the sec­tors that his coun­try was ea­ger to de­velop with Kuwait.

He added that re­gional chal­lenges re­quired such sol­i­dar­ity among world coun­tries. Yildirim called for ex­pand­ing the vol­ume of com­mer­cial ex­change with Kuwait, in­creas­ing the num­ber from $1.2 bil­lion in 2016 to $5 bil­lion in the near fu­ture. The Turk­ish of­fi­cial also com­mended the in­creas­ing num­ber of Kuwaitis seek­ing his coun­try as a touris­tic des­ti­na­tion, re­veal­ing that some 95,000 Kuwaitis vis­ited Turkey since the be­gin­ning of this year.

The num­ber will hope­fully in­crease as Turkey is­sued a pol­icy last Au­gust to of­fer Kuwaitis free-visa ad­mis­sion to the coun­try for pe­ri­ods be­tween 90 and 180 days, in­di­cated Yildirim. Kuwaitis have also heav­ily sought real-es­tate prop­er­ties in Turkey which is a pos­i­tive sign for both economies, said the top Turk­ish of­fi­cial who hoped to fur­ther boost re­la­tions in the fu­ture.

His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion left yes­ter­day for Turk­ish cap­i­tal Ankara on a state of­fi­cial visit. He is ac­com­pa­nied by First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Anas Khaled Al-Saleh, Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try in ad­di­tion to Act­ing Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Khaled Al-Roudan, Head of Kuwait Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (KCCI) del­e­ga­tion Ab­dul­lah Al-Hu­maidi, Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah and se­nior of­fi­cials and the For­eign Min­istry, His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter’s Di­wan, Na­tional Guard, In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Author­ity, Gen­eral Author­ity for In­vest­ment and Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Turkey Ghas­san Al-Zawawi. — KUNA

KUWAIT: His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah waves be­fore his depar­ture to Turkey yes­ter­day. — KUNA

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