The European Union on Tuesday lauded Kuwaitآ’s support to the UN charter and its ” unequivocal stance”in favour of a rules-based international order to tackle global issues and problems.

This position was expressed by European Commission Vice President of the Margaritis Schinas, who is responsible for “promoting European Way of Life” and also for coordinating migration and asylum issues, after a meeting with Kuwaiti Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Majdi Al-Dhafiri.

Schinas told KUNA that he was very happy to recently propose formally the inclusion of the state of Kuwait into the EUآ’s Schengen visa-waiver scheme, saying it was not “an ad-hoc fragmented decision but tangible proof of “our conviction that the state of Kuwait has the same view of the world as we do.” “It is also a sign of appreciation for the important reforms that Kuwait has undertaken and also for the very clear and unequivocal stance in favour of a rules-based international order and commitment to the UN charter,” he added.

The process now starts for formally adopting the Schengen visa-wavier proposal for KuwaitThere is still some work to be done both at the Council of EU ministers and the European Parliament, noted Schinas, citing his expectation of a “swift agreement on the matter.

On his part, Majdi Al-Dhafiri said todayآ’s meeting was important where they discussed the EU proposal to lift the Schengen visa requirement for Kuwaitis, in addition to a roadmap to a full exemption of the Schengen visa for Kuwaitis. The decision follows on the EUآ’s appreciation of Kuwaitآ’s international stance,its respect of international law and the UN charter and its regional and international humanitarian role, the Kuwaiti diplomat highlighted. – KUNA

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