European Union to open embassy in Kuwait in 2019: EU’s Mogherini
‘Partnership with the Kuwaiti people a priority’
BRUSSELS, Dec 6, (KUNA): Following a decision by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, the European Union will open a Delegation (embassy) in Kuwait in 2019.
Mogherini said in a press statement Wednesday that: “Kuwait is an important partner for the European Union: for peace, security and prosperity in the country and the wider region.”
“Kuwait is the first country in the Gulf region with which the EEAS concluded a Cooperation Arrangement in 2016, and opening a new Delegation in Kuwait City will allow us to further step up our political, economic and sectoral engagement. Establishing a permanent presence in the country illustrates that we consider our partnership with the Kuwaiti people a priority,” she said.
“This decision reflects the positive development of EU-Kuwait relations as well as the potential that exists for enhanced cooperation, in particular in support of Kuwait’s “Vision 2035” as well as implementation of the EU-Kuwait Cooperation Arrangement,” noted the EU foreign policy chief. As the third EU Delegation to be established in the Gulf, following those in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2004) and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2013), the new Delegation in Kuwait also signifies an important step to further strengthen the EU’s engagement in the region, she noted.
This will take the total number of EU Delegations around the world to 142.
The decision by the EU High Representative, the agreement of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union and will be implemented in the course of 2019, she added.
The European Union hosted the first HighLevel Dialogue on “Advancing the Role of Women in Peace Processes” between Syrian and Yemeni Women representatives in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday.
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, participated in the closing session of the event today, where the women representatives presented her with concrete recommendations, followed by an exchange of views on how to bring those forward.
“In both Syria and Yemen, women continue to pay the heaviest price of the conflicts. The women that I met in Brussels today are amongst the most active in their respective countries – politicians, health workers, lawyers, human rights activists; some are directly involved in the UN peace processes,” she said in a press statement today.
“Be it in Syria, Yemen, or wherever in the world, the EU has no other agenda than to achieve peace. We will continue to do our outmost to be at the side of the populations and of women in conflict,” she said.
“Once the conflicts are over, our support to empowering women in the peace processes will be transformed into support for their participation in the political processes of their countries,” she added.
Concrete involvement of the international community in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel was discussed by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries during their Joint Parliamentary Assembly which took place from Dec 3-5 in Cotonou city, Benin.
A European Parliament press release Thursday said resolutions on the fight against cybercrime and drug trafficking, as well as on the impact of climate change and the rise of populism, were adopted at the meeting.
The resolution on the rise of populism was adopted by nearunanimity. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini participates in the High Level Dialogue between Yemeni and Syrian Female Representatives. Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim receives the Jordanian media and journalists’ delegation.