The visit to Kuwait last week by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and the discussions he held with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Al-Nasser Al-Sabah led to further developing the distinguished relations that exist between the two countries in various fields.
In a speech given at a press conference, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Al-Nasser pointed out that in recent years the two countries witnessed many positive developments in the fields of investment, trade, culture, education and health. He also recalled the support and firm French position during the invasion and subsequent liberation of Kuwait from the brutal Iraqi invasion, and the support of France for the international legitimate resolutions in this field.
He stressed on the existence of a congruence of visions between the leaderships of the two countries to develop relations and placing them in their systematic framework within a time plan, which resulted in the formation of a steering committee between the two countries to set steps to develop these relations.
Emphasizing the important role of France and its firm stance with regard to the stability and security of Kuwait and the countries of the region, Dr. Al-Nasser noted that this role is even more important now in light of the challenges the region is witnessing, whether in Iraq or Syria. He also appreciated the support of France, for the initiative launched by Kuwait to restore confidence between Lebanon and the brothers in the region. Elaborating on the rapprochement initiative, Sheikh Dr. Al-Nasser noted that there has been a positive response from the Lebanese side, as well as a welcoming statement on the initiative from Saudi Arabia.
For his part, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, expressed his satisfaction with the excellent discussions during his meeting with His Highness, the Crown Prince, Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Ahmad, and his excellent relations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Al-Nasser and the mutual understandings and coordination between them to consolidate relations between the two countries.
He said, “We have a common desire to serve peace and security in the region in light of the war in Ukraine and its impact on Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” stressing France’s determination to coordinate with the Gulf states on this war.
Le Drian referred to the first strategic dialogue meetings between France and Kuwait that was held last January in Paris, which focused on developing Kuwaiti-French relations in the fields of defense, politics, economics and trade, stressing the readiness of France and its companies to respond to Kuwait in its investment projects and welcome Kuwaiti investment funds in France and Europe.
He expressed his deep thanks for Kuwait’s solidarity with the Ukrainian people and its support for initiatives to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis, pointing to the clarity of Kuwait’s position at the United Nations.
He went on to say, “I briefed the Kuwaiti side on the developments of the agreement to return to the Iranian nuclear agreement, where there is a text that enjoys the support of all, and the points between Washington and Tehran, although they are not minor, but there is concern because time is running out and we need to conclude this agreement at the earliest.”