On the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, European Union (EU) Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Cristian Tudor held a ghabqa for media representatives on 11 April, to thank them for their cooperation and support towards the EU Delegation in Kuwait. During the event, the ambassador also disclosed plans to hold Europe Day celebrations in May.
Ambassador Tudor hailed the excellent EU-Kuwait bilateral relations as evidenced by the first visit of the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell to Kuwait last month. The talks with the Kuwait’s leadership focused on how we could further enhance our relations in various fields, including in health, food security, education, digital and green transition.
Another example of strong bilateral ties between the two sides is the visit to Kuwait by EU Commissioner for Budget and Administration, Johannes Hahn, in February, which was also the first such visit by an EU Commissioner since the establishment of the EU Delegation here in 2019. The aim of the visit was to strengthen cooperation between the EU and Kuwait in the financial and economic sector as well as investments in the renewable energy sector.
“We are also enhancing inter-parliamentary relations as testified by the visit of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula to Kuwait last November.”
Ambassador Tudor reiterated that Kuwait is a close and reliable partner of the EU. Both sides support a rules-based world order and peaceful conflict settlement based on the principles of the UN Charter and humanitarian values. This was evidenced by Kuwait’s stance on Ukraine, including its support to relevant UNGA resolutions. The EU also appreciates Kuwait’s mediation efforts with regard to the Gulf rift and other regional conflicts. We also work closely with Kuwait to develop new forms of cooperation and to build a stronger partnership with Gulf countries to promote inter alia regional security.
Ambassador Tudor also said that the EU wants to become Kuwait’s partner of choice in implementing Kuwait 2035 Vision, which aims to chart a path towards economic and social development. We also aim to work with Kuwait on the issue of climate change and the transition to a greener economy.
Another important area of the EU-Kuwait relations is to facilitate people-to-people contacts, including among young people. The year 2022 was announced as the European Year of Youth. Europe-Day on 9 May represents the first opportunity for a wider public outreach post-COVID. In this context, the EU Delegation and 17 EU Member States represented in Kuwait will hold a large celebration, highlighting national features and their joint aspirations under the roof of the EU. The date was chosen for a reason as it marks the anniversary of the historic ‘Schuman Declaration’ in 1950 that set out the ideas of the former French foreign minister Robert Schuman, for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which prepared the ground for what is now the European Union.