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Irish trade minister’s visit aims to strengthen ties

Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney made an official visit to Kuwait last week to discuss with Kuwaiti officials on ways to strengthen Kuwaiti – Irish relations in various fields.

During his visit, the minister met and held successful discussions with the Minister of Finance, Dr. Anwar Al-Mudhaf, and the management of Kuwait Airways. The minister said progress was also made on visas whereby diplomatic passport holders will now be able to enter Ireland without a visa. And of course, we will work on ensuring that visas for others will be delivered as quickly as possible.

He also highlighted the enormous investment potential in both directions, between Ireland and Kuwait. “We recognize that this economy is growing and expanding and we want young Irish Innovative companies to be part of that in the tech sector. In the medical device sector, in transport and perhaps most importantly, we focus today on the aviation sector where Ireland has a very significant number of companies that can offer Innovative solutions.”

Expressing happiness at his first visit to Kuwait, the Irish minister said he felt positive about the growing trade volume between the two countries, and its potential to increase further in the years ahead. He also noted that currently nearly 1,000 Kuwaiti students are pursuing their higher education in Ireland.

“The visit has been a great success and I look forward to working further on Ireland and Kuwait relations so that we can grow a stronger and more substantive relationship in the coming years,” said the minister.

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