His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's visit to Turkey, due next week, will further enhance multi-faceted relations and cooperation, researchers said Thursday. They hoped the visit would contribute to better relations that would benefit the two countries and their people.
"Relations between Ankara and Kuwait are solid and stable, and are always progressing," Ibrahim Bazan, Deputy Managing Editor of the TGRT Haber Channel, said. Bazan, in a statement to KUNA, voiced belief the visit of His Highness the Amir would contribute to opening new investment opportunities in the two countries at a time the region was witnessing "poor" economic conditions.
The visit, he added, would also be a chance to exchange views between the Kuwaiti and Turkish leaderships over political, security, and economic challenges. Bazan commended the wise diplomacy of the State of Kuwait and the country's unbiased policy in addition to its great humanitarian role "which deserves praise and respect, particularly regarding the Syrian file." Kuwait, he added, provided moral and financial support for the Syrian refugees in Turkey to alleviate their suffering caused by the conflict in their country, now in its 6th year.
The UN had honored His Highness the Amir as the 'Humanitarian Leader', and Kuwait as 'Humanitarian Center'. Bazan said Turkey and Kuwait have been coordinating humanitarian campaigns for the Syrian people.
He anticipated summit talks between His Highness the Amir and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to deal with economic cooperation and strategic partnership. He said Kuwaiti investments in Turkey were estimated at around USD two billion.
Turkey has developed relations and cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in the past decade, pushing trade exchange over the USD 17 billion barrier. Bazan said development of Turkey-GCC relations would reduce intensity of problems in the region.
"Kuwait is among the countries that Turkey can rely on to solve many political and security issues," he added. Bazan said Erdogan's recent visits to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar opened horizons for further cooperation between the two sides.
On his part, Bekir Atacan, a researcher in Istanbul Institute, said His Highness the Amir's visit would clarify positions regarding the developments in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
He said Kuwait and Turkey have been keen on developing political, economic, military, cultural, social and touristic relations with Turkey. Atacan told KUNA that Turkey would provide facilities for GCC citizens, particularly investors, to enjoy permanent residency status in appreciation of their contribution to the Turkish economy.