Germany praises Kuwaiti initiative on Gulf crisis
MEPs laud Kuwait’s role as regional mediator
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