Euro­pean Union to open em­bassy in Kuwait in 2019: EU’s Mogherini

‘Part­ner­ship with the Kuwaiti peo­ple a pri­or­ity’

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

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.

KUNA photo

KUNA photo

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