Bri­tish Am­bas­sador com­pletes one year

Kuwait Times - - Local - By Ben Gar­cia

KUWAIT: A round­table dis­cus­sion with lo­cal jour­nal­ists was held at the Bri­tish Em­bassy in Kuwait with Her Majesty’s Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Michael Daven­port who re­cently com­pleted a year since tak­ing of­fice. Daven­port was ac­com­pa­nied by Matt Not­ting­ham, Head of Po­lit­i­cal Sec­tion (In­ter­nal Af­fairs) at the Bri­tish Em­bassy. The new po­lit­i­cal sec­tion head was also for­mally in­tro­duced by Am­bas­sador Daven­port be­fore the start of the round­table with re­porters. Daven­port spoke about his coun­try’s ex­cel­lent bi­lat­eral ties with Kuwait which dates back sev­eral decades.

“Our ties have grown ever deeper and closer in the last 12 months of my stay as her Majesty’s Am­bas­sador to Kuwait. Our re­la­tion­ship is very dy­namic and con­stantly evolv­ing in all ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion. We are very op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture,” Daven­port said. He lauded the re­cent vote for Kuwait to be­come a per­ma­nent mem­ber in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil last Jan­uary which he stressed is also sup­ported by the Bri­tish govern­ment among other coun­tries.

“We have had op­por­tu­ni­ties of high level con­ver­sa­tion with the ex­change of vis­its. The for­eign min­is­ter of Kuwait vis­ited Lon­don in July, and we dis­cussed the strong and es­tab­lished frame­work of our re­la­tion­ship through a joint steer­ing group,” he added. “One of the sig­nif­i­cant high­lights of our bi­lat­eral re­la­tions is in the area of ed­u­ca­tion. The num­ber of Kuwaitis go­ing to the UK to study has been steadily grow­ing; we have now 5,500, some of them I have met re­cently. That is some­thing that we are re­ally very happy and proud of,” he said.

The mo­bil­ity and trav­els be­tween the two peo­ples is also bring­ing about the in­tro­duc­tion of a new elec­tronic visa sys­tem. “We see a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of Kuwaitis trav­el­ling to the UK and peo­ple from UK to Kuwait. We are em­pha­siz­ing the co-op­er­a­tions we signed that co­in­cided with the visit of Sheikh Sal­man to Lon­don. I also want to high­light the work we are do­ing in the se­cu­rity side. We have sev­eral plans in the short term in­clud­ing train­ing ex­er­cises with the Kuwait Armed forces early next year, desert war­rior ex­er­cises with the Kuwait armed forces. We are also ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of train­ing on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis,” he added.

He also high­lighted Bri­tish eco­nomic en­gage­ment with Kuwait with re­gards to its vi­sion 2035. “There is on-go­ing co­op­er­a­tion in the health and en­vi­ron­ment sec­tor es­pe­cially with the sub­ject of re­new­able en­ergy. If we are talk­ing about in­fra­struc­ture, I am happy that Bri­tish com­pa­nies are ac­tively in­volved in sev­eral en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign de­part­ments es­pe­cially in the con­struc­tion of the new air­port. A Bri­tish com­pany is also in­volved in the oil and gas sec­tor to help tackle the chal­lenges of in­flat­ing oil prices and the even­tu­ally rise in pro­duc­tion,” he added. Sev­eral in­ter­na­tional is­sues and con­cerns were also dis­cussed in­clud­ing Brexit, the Scot­tish de­sire for in­de­pen­dence, is­sues within the Mid­dle East and Iran.

— Photo by Joseph Sha­gra

KUWAIT: Her Majesty’s Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Michael Daven­port (4th right) speak­ing with lo­cal re­porters.

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