Amir, Er­do­gan hold key talks, seal nu­mer­ous bi­lat­eral deals

Crown Prince re­turns af­ter suc­cess­ful med­i­cal trip

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KUWAIT: Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan held talks with HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah yes­ter­day, as a cri­sis that has split Qatar from its Gulf neigh­bors en­ters its sixth month. Er­do­gan and Sheikh Sabah dis­cussed “re­gional and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments” the KUNA news agency said. A group of na­tions led by Saudi Ara­bia and in­clud­ing Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar in June, ac­cus­ing it of sup­port­ing ex­trem­ists and fos­ter­ing ties with Riyadh’s archri­val Iran.

Qatar, the world’s largest ex­porter of liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas, de­nies the ac­cu­sa­tions. Kuwait has led me­di­a­tion ef­forts in the dis­pute, while Turkey has stepped in to sup­port Qatar with food im­ports in the face of a block­ade by the Arab states. Deputy Min­is­ter of Amiri Di­wan Af­fairs Sheikh Ali Jar­rah Al-Sabah said the talks high­lighted deep-rooted bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, ways to bol­ster them and means to im­prove co­op­er­a­tion on all fronts.

Kuwait and Turkey also signed a num­ber of agree­ments in a cer­e­mony held at Bayan Palace with both na­tions’ lead­ers in at­ten­dance. The cer­e­mony brought to­gether HH Sheikh Sabah, HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah and Er­do­gan.

Among the agree­ments was a deal for co­op­er­a­tion in sports, in which Kuwait’s Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try as well as Act­ing Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Khaled Al-Roud­han, along with his Turk­ish coun­ter­part Os­man Askin Bak were the sig­na­to­ries. Mean­while, a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to en­cour­age bi­lat­eral in­vest­ment was signed by Di­rec­tor Gen­eral

of Kuwait’s Di­rect In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Author­ity Sheikh Dr Me­shaal Al-Sabah and pres­i­dent of Turkey’s In­vest­ment Sup­port and Pro­mo­tion Agency Arda Er­mut.

A pro­to­col for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Kuwait In­sti­tute for Sci­en­tific Re­search (KISR) and Turkey’s Sci­en­tific and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil was also signed, where KISR’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Dr Samira Omar and the pres­i­dent of the Turk­ish national agency Prof Dr Arif Er­gin put their names on the dot­ted line. Turkey and Kuwait’s mil­i­tary chiefs of staff also held talks on the “de­vel­op­ing and strength­en­ing” mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to KUNA. The Turk­ish pres­i­dent, who has called for the lift­ing of the sanc­tions against Qatar, is sched­uled to visit Doha to­day.

Separately, HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah re­ceived HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah at the Amiri air­port ter­mi­nal yes­ter­day af­ter Sheikh Nawaf re­turned fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful med­i­cal check­ups in the US. The Amir was ac­com­pa­nied by se­nior of­fi­cials and sheikhs. — Agen­cies

KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah greets Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan at Bayan Palace yes­ter­day. — KUNA

HH Sheikh Sabah re­ceives HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah at the Amiri air­port ter­mi­nal yes­ter­day. — KUNA

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