Maltese Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. George Vella inaugurated last week the Maltese Consulate in Kuwait, in the presence of Deputy National Assembly Speaker Mubarak Al-Khurein, the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Malta Faisal Al-Muslim and Maltese Ambassador to Kuwait Patrick Cole.
Welcoming the distinguished gathering of diplomats and media, H.E. Patrick Cole praised the excellent relations between the two countries. Dr.Vella then spoke of the bilateral relations between Malta and Kuwait and pointed out that it was not based on mere rapport but a strong understanding and mutual respect that guarantee solidarity when necessary. He revealed that the inauguration of the consulate has added a major brick to Kuwaiti-Maltese ties.
The opening of the Consulate forms part of the External Border Fun project and aims at maximising Malta’s capacity to issue visas which is currently being managed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and made the necessary change to meet Schengen requirements.
Earlier in the day, Dr. Vella called upon His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He also met the Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, as well as the Minister for Commerce and Industry, H.E Abdul Mohsen Medij Al Medij.
Discussions between Dr. Vella and Kuwaiti government officials focused mainly on enhancing bilateral cooperation between Malta and Kuwait as well as issues of common concern, including the latest developments in the Libyan crisis and issues pertaining to the Mediterranean, Gulf and Middle Eastern regions. The strengthening of cooperation between Malta and the Gulf Cooperation Council was also raised during the meetings.
Dr. Vella underlined the importance of implementing the various agreements that were entered into during these last years between Malta and Kuwait and proposed that a high-level Kuwaiti business delegation visits Malta to explore potential areas of cooperation.