Ger­many praises Kuwaiti ini­tia­tive on Gulf cri­sis

MEPs laud Kuwait’s role as re­gional me­di­a­tor

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al-Thani lauded the Kuwaiti ini­tia­tive for re­solv­ing the Gulf cri­sis. The Ger­man Govern­ment sup­ports His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s ef­forts for solv­ing the cri­sis, said Merkel at a joint news con­fer­ence with the Sheikh Tamim on Friday.

Ber­lin, she added, would con­tinue to en­cour­age the Kuwaiti lead­er­ship to pur­sue the me­di­a­tion ef­forts, also un­der­lin­ing ne­ces­sity to find a peace­ful so­lu­tion to the cri­sis, in­volv­ing Qatar on one side and Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on the other.

Chan­cel­lor Merkel viewed pos­i­tively Qatar’s readi­ness to sit at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble to find a set­tle­ment to the is­sue, hop­ing that a fun­da­men­tal so­lu­tion would be reached. The Qatari Emir ex­pressed sup­port for the Kuwaiti ef­forts and grat­i­tude to the chan­cel­lor for her back­ing at this level, too.

Mean­while, a num­ber of European law­mak­ers ex­pressed their great ad­mi­ra­tion for Kuwait’s roles as re­gional me­di­a­tor and global hu­man­i­tar­ian player dur­ing a series of meet­ings with Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to Bel­gium, European Union, and Lux­em­bourg, Jasem Al-Bu­daiwi.

Am­bas­sador Bu­daiwi said that he met seven Mem­bers of the European Par­lia­ment (MEPs) and dis­cussed with them ways to strengthen ties and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Kuwait and the European Par­lia­ment. “The pur­pose of my meet­ings with the MEPs was to find ways to en­hance Kuwait’s re­la­tion­ship with the European Par­lia­ment and dis­cuss is­sues of com­mon in­ter­ests and find com­mon grounds on re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues,” he said. He met the MEPs from the big­gest po­lit­i­cal groups in­clud­ing the European Peo­ples Party (EPP), the So­cial­ists and Democrats (S&D), the Lib­er­als (ALDE), the European Con­ser­va­tives and Re­formists (ECR).

They were all very aware of Kuwait’s role in help­ing coun­tries like Syria, Ye­men, and Iraq and other na­tions in need, he noted. “They praised Kuwait’s demo­cratic process, its hu­man rights record, its con­sti­tu­tion, its free­dom of speech. It was a very pos­i­tive meet­ing which set the ground for de­vel­op­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions,” stressed Am­bas­sador Bu­daiwi.

Am­bas­sador Bu­daiwi and the MEPs also dis­cussed Kuwait’s Com­pre­hen­sive Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment with the European Union and how the EP can play a role in im­ple­ment­ing this im­por­tant agree­ment and mak­ing good use of it. “The com­mon view that I heard from ev­ery­body was how to en­hance the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Kuwait and the European Par­lia­ment. They also ex­pressed their wish to visit Kuwait as soon as the op­por­tu­nity was given,” he said.

Am­bas­sador Bu­daiwi briefed the MEPs on Kuwait’s good re­la­tions in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, mil­i­tary, en­ergy, and ed­u­ca­tional fields with all the 28 EU mem­ber states. He said over 3,000 Kuwaiti stu­dents were study­ing in European uni­ver­si­ties. The MEPs also ex­pressed in­ter­est in send­ing del­e­ga­tions from their po­lit­i­cal groups to visit Kuwait to meet the lead­er­ship, govern­ment of­fi­cials and par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to en­hance Kuwait-Europe ties. —KUNA

BER­LIN: Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al-Thani shake hands at a joint news con­fer­ence. —KUNA

BRUS­SELS: Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to Bel­gium, European Union, and Lux­em­bourg, Jasem Al-Bu­daiwi meets with a Mem­ber of the European Par­lia­ment. —KUNA

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