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Kuwait and France share a very close relationship: Ambassador
January 27, 2018, 3:29 pm
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Ambassador of France to Kuwait H.E. Madame Marie Masdupuy hosted a reception onboard the French naval ship Tonnerre, which docked at Shuwaikh Port on Friday, 26 January. The five-day visit that will last until 30 January is part of the ship’s three-and-a-half-month mission in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf.

Speaking to The Times Kuwait, Ambassador Masdupuy praised bilateral relations between Kuwait and France, which she described as very close. “France is very pleased that Kuwait was elected to the UN Security Council, as our views on almost all issues are very close and even similar. Hence, the Security Council can rely on countries like Kuwait confirming the international dimension of its foreign policy."

A pride of the French naval task force, ‘Tonnerre’ is the eighth vessel to bear the name and the second ship in the Mistral-class amphibious assault ship series. The ‘Tonnerre’ is at once: a helicopter-carrier; a hospital; a ship capable of carrying troops and landing them using amphibious landing craft; a command platform; and occasionally, a training ship.

The deployment of this amphibious group marks a new stage in the cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries. France has important interests in the Middle East, which has resulted in the establishment of defense agreements, strategic partnerships and military cooperation with many states of the region.

 

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