Ambassador of Italy to Kuwait H.E. Giuseppe Scognamiglio hosted a reception on 1 June at the Symphony Style Hotel to celebrate his country’s National Day. Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Waleed Al-Khubaizi was the guest of honor at the gathering, which was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, media personnel and special invitees.
Speaking on the occasion, Al-Khubaizi lauded the longstanding bilateral relations between Kuwait and Italy and mentioned that the relationship has grown through cooperation and understanding. He highlighted the recent successful visit of the Prime Minister H.H. Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak to Italy as a show of Kuwait’s interest in strengthening ties and added that Kuwait’s investments in Italy are beneficial for both sides, as reflected in the recent signing of several military and commercial agreements.
For his part, Ambassador Scognamiglio reiterated the Deputy Foreign Minister’s sentiment, praising the historic relationship between his country and Kuwait, which he said had been excellent since its start in 1961. He underscored in his speech the significance of the occasion, which celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of Italy as a republic on 2 June, 1946.
Responding to the suggestion to exempt Kuwaitis from the Schengen visa, the ambassador said that Italy is very keen to allow exemption for Kuwaitis, but the whole process experienced a setback due to the terrorist attacks that have rocked some European countries. The ambassador explained that these attacks have led to the suspension of all applications for visa exemption submitted by several countries. “Once the files are reopened, Kuwait will be the first to be exempted from the Schengen visa because Kuwaitis deserve it,” he added.