The EU and Kuwait signed here Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding to encourage cooperation between Kuwait and the EU in many areas through the EU foreign service, called the European Action External Service.
The MoU was signed by Kuwait's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Suleiman Al-Jarallah and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.
Speaking to KUNA and Kuwait TV, Al-Jarallah explained that this MoU offers Kuwait the opportunity to cooperate with the 28-member European bloc outside the EU, for example to give aid and assistance the EU provides to Africa.
"It also gives us the opportunity to cooperate with the EU in areas like energy, investment and in many areas which strengthen the cooperation between Kuwait and the EU", he said.
Al-Jarallah noted that the EU is a big organisation capable of offering assistance and expertise to other countries. "Through this MoU, we can profit from the expertise and capabilities of the EU in Kuwait and also outside Kuwait", he said.
Al-Jarallah said his meeting with Mogehrini covered bilateral ties and cooperation, regional issues and the EU's role in these issues, and added that the EU's influence on these regional issues is very strong and effective.
He noted that since many years now the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council have held negotiations to sign a free trade agreement and said he hoped that "the day comes when we sign this agreement and we hope that this will not be long."
Al-Jarallah described the current state of relations between the EU and Kuwait as "excellent" and noted that there is continuous contacts between the two sides. "We look with optimism to the future of EU-Kuwait ties and we are on the right path to strengthen these ties which will serve the interests of Kuwait and generally of the GCC," he added.