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Kuwait - Turkish friendship deep-rooted
January 26, 2015, 5:07 pm

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu concluded a successful visit to Kuwait after holding meetings with the Kuwaiti leadership. Cavusoglu met with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, both of whom offered their wise views on bolstering historical ties.

Since diplomatic ties were established between Kuwait and Turkey more than half a century before, officials in both countries have exchanged visits which contributed a lot to developing bilateral ties. Kuwait First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Sabah said the first visit to Kuwait of Mevlut Cavusoglu was valuable and would add to the well-established distinguished relations between the two countries, as well as enhance opportunities of more cooperation in all fields.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled added that Turkey is an important trade partner for Kuwait and that bilateral trade exceeded US$600 million in 2013, a rise of 150 percent compared to 2010. He said investments by the Kuwaiti private sector in Turkey, covering all sectors, hit US$2.5 billion. In addition, Turkey is a chief tourist destination for Kuwaitis. Both countries are connected by 38 weekly flights.

The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister underlined the persistent efforts to encourage more investments in feasible fields to achieve mutual interests. The two ministers addressed mechanisms of activating health, military, tourist and transport cooperation. "We had elaborate talks on various issues of common concern, the developments of pivotal topics on the regional and international scenes," Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said. He pointed to major events and developments on both levels, which prompt more coordination and communication.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah also gave emphasis to Turkey's role in regional issues, combating terrorism and support to efforts to establish a Palestinian state. Responding to questions by reporters during a joint press conference with visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said the Gulf states count a lot on Turkey in terms of all these issues.

He confirmed Kuwait's keenness on consolidating ties with Turkey, saying the potential and capabilities available in both countries could be better invested for mutual benefit. "We are looking forward to the Fifth Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-Turkey Strategic Dialogue due in Doha to carry on with the work plan we embarked on in the four previous ones," Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said.

On the Arab and Islamic level, the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister referred to the cooperation between Ankara and the Arab League saying there are issues both count on for boosting ties.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also commended bilateral ties and stressed the role by the State of Kuwait for maintaining security and stability in the region as well as the efforts by the country's diplomats in settling regional rows.

Cavusoglu, who is leading a delegation for the visit, highlighted Kuwait's humanitarian efforts, extending aid to afflicted people and countries worldwide.
The Turkish Foreign Minister said there is potential for enhancing Kuwaiti investments in Turkey, citing opportunities in fields of power, agriculture and health. In return, Ankara encouraged more Turkish investments in Kuwait.


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