Two Fate­ful Days

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Am­bas­sador Ex­tra­or­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of the State of Kuwait in the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan, Ahmed Khaled Ab­dul­lah al-Jiyran, told about the sig­nif­i­cant Fe­bru­ary dates for the peo­ple of his na­tion, 25 and 26. He thanked the lead­er­ship of our coun­try for the con­grat­u­la­tory letter to the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ah­mad Al-Jabir al-Sabah, on the oc­ca­sion of pub­lic hol­i­days.

- As a rule, the Na­tional Day in most coun­tries is cel­e­brated on the date of in­de­pen­dence. In Kuwait, that date is June 19, when the state gained in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain in 1961.

On the whole, In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­brates the tri­umph of na­tional iden­tity. With re­gard to the pre­his­tory of the fes­ti­val, it be­gins in 1897, when the sheikh of Kuwait be­gan to seek pro­tec­tion from the Bri­tish from the in­va­sion of the Turks, at which time the Bri­tish naval base was sta­tioned here. Thus Kuwait became a Bri­tish pro­tec­torate and re­mained un­til 1961, when the Bri­tish fi­nally granted the coun­try com­plete free­dom. Im­me­di­ately af­ter the an­nounce­ment of the Bri­tish decision, Iraq at­tempted to seize con­trol of Kuwait.

How­ever, these at­tempts were re­jected by both the Bri­tish and the League of Arab States. De­spite the fact that on 19 June 1961 Kuwait became a sov­er­eign state, cel­e­bra­tions on the oc­ca­sion of In­de­pen­dence Day are held an­nu­ally in Kuwait on 25 Fe­bru­ary. The fact is that on In­de­pen­dence Day it was de­cided to ap­point the day of as­cen­sion to the throne of Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Al­salem Alsabah, the founder of the Con­sti­tu­tion of Kuwait, a man who played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the devel­op­ment of the coun­try.

On Fe­bru­ary 26, Lib­er­a­tion Day is cel­e­brated in Kuwait; it has been cel­e­brated since 1991, and is timed to the com­plete lib­er­a­tion of our coun­try from the Iraqi oc­cu­pa­tion, which lasted about seven months. This hol­i­day for us is like the Vic­tory Day for you - a hol­i­day with tears in our eyes. Af­ter all, the in­vaders killed thou­sands of ci­ti­zens, that’s why on that day the Kuwaitis hold ral­lies, bring flow­ers to the graves of the de­ceased, re­mem­ber the hero­ism of our an­ces­tors, their blood spilled for the sake of the Moth­er­land’s free­dom, hap­pi­ness and peace for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Thanks to them, to­day our peo­ple live in peace and tran­quil­ity.

Nu­mer­ous guests from all over Kuwait gather on these hol­i­days, folk mu­sic groups demon­strate their high art. Very widely this hol­i­day is cel­e­brated in ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions of the coun­try, ar­rang­ing solemn events. The flags of the State of Kuwait are raised high in all pub­lic and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions.

Our coun­try is very happy to re­ceive con­grat­u­la­tions from the head of Uzbek­istan these days. We have strong bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, signed a num­ber of agree­ments in the po­lit­i­cal, trade-eco­nomic, cul­tural-hu­man­i­tar­ian and ed­u­ca­tional spheres.

On Jan­uary 30, 2018, the del­e­ga­tion of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment vis­ited Tashkent, where a loan agree­ment was signed to im­ple­ment the in­fra­struc­ture pro­ject in some hous­ing units that are be­ing built in ru­ral Uzbek­istan. The con­tract amount is $ 30 mil­lion. This is the ninth pro­ject of KFAED in Uzbek­istan, sup­ported by the fund.

An im­por­tant event in bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion was the hold­ing of the first round of Uzbek-Kuwaiti in­terMFA po­lit­i­cal con­sul­ta­tions in April 2017.

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