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Kuwait makes first ministerial visit to Palestine in 20 years
September 17, 2014, 8:42 am
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Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah (L).

Kuwait has made its first high level ministerial visit to Palestine since the Palestinian Authority was created two decades ago, state media has reported.

During a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Sunday, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah discussed strengthening bilateral relations.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed to create a joint committee for political cooperation between the two governments and for political consultation between Kuwaiti and Palestinian foreign ministries, KUNA reported.

“As Kuwait heads the Arab Summit and the committee that follows up the Arab peace initiative, it is important to coordinate and consult with President Abbas on the upcoming steps,” Sheikh Sabah said at a press conference after the meeting.

He added a delegation headed by Kuwait including Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania and the Arab League Secretary General would meet Abbas on the side lines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

“We will take advantage of the presence of the heads of 130 states to discuss the upcoming steps to coordinate with Abbas,” Sheikh Sabah said.

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad Al Maliki said the visit was an important turning point in Palestine’s relationship with Kuwait.

“We think that we open a new page that works on reactivating and deepening Kuwaiti-Palestinian relations,” Malki told reporters. “The talks were held in a cordial and transparent atmosphere, focusing on preparations for the UN General Assembly and the means of benefiting from support of participating countries to submit an Arab draft resolution on putting an end to Israeli occupation.”

During his visit, Sheikh Sabah prayed at Al Aqsa Mosque and promised to make more frequent visits to Palestine, including the holy city of Jerusalem.

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