Kuwait, The first session of the Kuwaiti-Indonesian Supreme Commission was held in Kuwait under chairmanship of Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah and his visiting Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.
Kuwaiti and Indonesian officials examined various areas of cooperation particularly at the economic and development levels and means of boosting it toward “close integration between the two countries.”
They signed accords and memorandums of understanding with respect of exemption from visa for holders of diplomatic and special passports, cooperation in the realm of building diplomatic potentials, and coordination in education and scientific research, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
Other inked agreements deal with cooperation in the sectors of oil, gas and petrochemicals.
Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled in his speech noted that the two countries have had diplomatic relations for 51 years.
He expressed gratitude for Indonesia’s efforts to resolve the “Gulf crisis” and for its full support for the initiative of His Highness the Amir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah for “tackling the rift within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).”
“Through such meetings, the relations between our two friendly countries enter a new phase of cooperation, thus warranting utmost efforts to activate our bilateral and international cooperation,” he said, affirming the signing of 10 accords for cooperation in various vital fields.
Four of the accords tackle training, building potentials via the diplomatic institutes in the two friendly countries, exempting holders of diplomatic and special passports from visas, and coordination in higher education and scientific research, in oil and gas, he said.
Affirming noticeable growth of the bilateral relations, Shaikh Sabah Al-Khaled said Kuwaiti investments in Indonesia reached more than $ 1.7 billion in 2019, compared to $ 460 million in 2014, rising by 300 percent.
Shaikh Sabah affirmed the desire to boost Kuwaiti businesses and enterprise in the Asian nation, in line with the close and friendly relations at the political level.
Alluding to the latest Kuwaiti achievement in this respect, the minister noted that KUFPEC (Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company), has recently won the auction for investing the “Anpas” oil field.
Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has executed nine enterprises in Indonesia.
More than 20,000 Kuwaiti tourists have been to Indonesia over the past three years while Kuwait hosts 7,000 Indonesian workers and students.
Source: Bahrain News Agency