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‘Exhibition on Kuwaiti-Belgian relations chronicles milestones’

Sheikha Hala Bader Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah stressed that the exhibition aims to document several historical milestones through 60 selected images reflecting the positive trajectory that united the two countries

  • H. E. Christian Domes, the Belgian Ambassador to Kuwait, remarked that the exhibition offers a splendid glimpse into the dynamic diplomatic relations between Kuwait and Belgium.

  • Issa Abdul Rasul Dashti said that in 1938, Kuwait served as a layover for several Belgian ambassadors traveling to countries in the region.

Sheikha Hala Bader Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah praised the strong bilateral relations between Kuwait and Belgium, highlighting Belgium’s important historical role in supporting Kuwaiti rights and participating in the international coalition forces that liberated Kuwait from the brutal Iraqi invasion.

In a statement to reporters on the sidelines of the opening of the exhibition “Kuwait-Belgian Relations in Pictures” exhibition at the National Library on Saturday afternoon, she added that this year will witness the two countries celebrating the diamond jubilee of their bilateral relations, which have been established for 60 years.

She stressed that this exhibition aims to document several historical milestones through 60 selected images reflecting the positive trajectory that united the two countries. She emphasized that this booklet serves as evidence and documentation preserving a part of the 60-year history of Kuwaiti-Belgian relations.

She added that the creative and distinguished researcher, Issa Dashti, collected and prepared the material for this exhibition, along with issuing three booklets that are considered significant documents and references in the history of relations between the two countries. Thanks to his efforts, both nations were able to preserve and strengthen their relationship with friendly Belgium.

His Excellency Christian Domes, the Belgian Ambassador to Kuwait, praised the “excellent” depth of Kuwaiti-Belgian relations and expressed his anticipation of further enhancing cooperation between the two countries across various fields.

Ambassador Domes remarked that the exhibition offers a splendid glimpse into the dynamic diplomatic relations between the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Belgium, underscoring the significance of cultural exhibitions in showcasing the robust ties between our nations.

His Excellency also extended gratitude to the Kuwaiti researcher Issa Dashti for his remarkable booklet, a crucial documentary chronicling the history of relations between the two countries. He noted that the booklet encapsulates 60 years of diplomatic relations through photographs capturing unforgettable events and visits.

The ambassador added, “The Belgian royal family has forged genuine bonds of friendship and respect with the highest authorities in Kuwait, and numerous political contacts have occurred between ministers and members of Parliament throughout these years.”

In turn, Issa Abdul Rasul Dashti, the organizer and proprietor of the exhibition, expressed his joy at documenting this significant occasion through the exhibition. It features approximately 30 diverse photos capturing common events between the two countries. He also mentioned issuing the exhibition brochure containing 60 important photos accompanied by explanations. Notable highlights include Kuwaiti-Belgian events, the book “Kuwaiti-Belgian Relations in Pictures,” and “The Visit of Belgian Princess Astrid.”

He continued, stating that these are the first books of their kind in this field, constituting vital sources for researchers and those interested in studying bilateral relations.

He emphasized that our relationship with Belgium has proven to be older than 60 years, particularly after uncovering British documents mentioning the tenth ruler of Kuwait, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, offering condolences on the passing of the former King of Belgium. The Kuwaiti flag was flown at half-mast at Al-Saif Palace in mourning for the king’s death. Additionally, Kuwait served as a stopover for some of Belgium’s ambassadors to the region during their travel in 1938. These and other historical documents from that period provide strong evidence of the enduring friendship between the two countries.

He expressed hope that he had successfully documented this aspect of his country’s history and that they would showcase this history in Brussels so that the Belgian people could learn about their special relationship.

He also thanked Sheikha Hala Bader Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah for her presence and sponsorship of the exhibition, citing it as evidence of her deep interest in the country’s history and its connections with friendly and brotherly nations.

He also extended gratitude to His Excellency Christian Domes, the Belgian Ambassador, for inaugurating the historic exhibition, and he also thanked Mrs. Siham Saad Al-Azmi, Director of the Kuwait National Office, for embracing and supporting the exhibition and overcoming all obstacles to its establishment.



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