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2017 - Major events in Kuwait
December 30, 2017, 7:40 pm
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Kuwait and the region were witness to many major events that dominated the news throughout 2017. As the year draws to a close, we look at some of the momentous events that took place in Kuwait.

January 24: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Center opened in Kuwait at the Mishref Diplomatic Area.

January 30: His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah patronized and attended the launch of His Highness the Amir-envisioned New Kuwait 2035.

February 2: Kuwaiti embassy in Jordan handed in donation of USD two million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

February 9: His Highness the Amir patronized the ‘Thank you to the coalition countries’ festival at Al-Shaheed park to mark the 56th Anniversary of Kuwait’s Independence Day and the 26th Anniversary of the Liberation Day.

March 6: On the occasion of Kuwait’s University golden jubilee the university granted His Highness the Amir the honorary doctorate for his major national, Islamic and international accomplishments at political, economic, social and humanitarian levels.

March 6: The Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) and Huawei Company signed memorandum of understanding to develop Communication Industry in the country.

March 20: Representing His Highness the Amir, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah announced Kuwait’s pledge of US$5 million for a fresh fund for the protection of heritage in conflict zones during conference in Paris.

April 25: Kuwait announced the allocation of US$100 million to support humanitarian needs in Yemen during the conference of Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2017, held in Geneva.

April 26: His Highness the Amir patronized and attended the opening ceremony of Al-Ahmadi Hospital.

May 9: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to the State of Kuwait during which he joined His Highness the Amir in laying the cornerstone of the new terminal at Kuwait International Airport.

May 15: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah patronized and attended the opening ceremony of ‘Kuwait Capital for Arab Youth 2017’, and honored the winners of Kuwait Youth Excellence and Creativity Award, at Bayan Palace Theater.

May 21: His Highness the Amir delivered a speech before the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh.

May 24: KNPC signed a USD 6.25 billion loan agreement with seven export credit agencies for financing the clean fuel project.

May 29: Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) signed two agreements, worth US$ 6 million, with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to educate Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

June 2: The State of Kuwait won a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for two years as of January 2018.

June 6: In a bid to de-escalate the rising tension between Qatar and its GCC neighbors, as well as Egypt, His Highness the Amir held talks in Jeddah with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. This was followed by visits to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, where His Highness met with leaders of both countries.

June 12: Kuwait chaired the Executive Board of the World Food Program (WFP) for the current annual session, for the first time.

June 24: Minister of Health Jamal Al-Harbi inaugurated a unit for cancer treatment using stem cells transplant at the National Bank of Kuwait Pediatric Hospital.

June 28: Kuwait won a two-year membership in the executive council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) during the 29th Session in Geneva.

July 23: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, as part of diplomatic efforts aimed to resolve the Gulf crisis.

August 17: Kuwait donated a sum of US$2.2 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as part of its annual financial aid to support the Palestinian people.


August 27: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on occasion of his visit to Kuwait.

September 6: Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and US Chemical Company (DOW) signed a memorandum of understanding in mutual petrochemical industry and investment in the US.

September 7: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah delivered a speech during a joint news conference with US President Donald Trump at the White House.

September 17: His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah arrived in New York to chair a Kuwaiti delegation to the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly.

September 18: KNPC and Kuwait Petroleum International signed a USD 4.2 million contract for obtaining oils.

September 20: Representative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, delivered Kuwait’s speech before the 72nd session of UN General Assembly in New York.

October 9: The Cabinet agreed on dissolving the Municipal Council and forming an interim undertaker body to assume its duties.
October 24: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah inaugurated the second session of the 15th legislative term.

October 30: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah signed a decree accepting the resignation of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah’s Cabinet.

November 2: At least five Kuwaiti citizens were killed and 13 others injured during a road accident while visiting the southern Iraqi city of Karbala.

November 9: The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) chose Kuwait to occupy the Arab seat at the institute’s board of directors, on the sidelines of the 39th session of UNESCO general conference in Paris.

November 12: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on the occasion of his official visit to the country and the two leaders inaugurated the international conference on suffering of child Palestinian.

November 21: Kuwait donated US$1 million to victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which hit the Caribbean Sea region back in September.

December 5: His Highness the Amir opened the 38th Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Kuwait.

December 7: His Highness the Prime Minister sponsored and attended the launch of Al-Zour Oil Complex projects.

December 9: Kuwait handed over a US$5 million donation to the UN Palestinian Refugees Agency.

December 22: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah opens Gulf 23 Football Tournament at Jaber International Stadium.
 

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