BRUSSELS, Belgium- EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, met with Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister, Khaled Al-Jarallah, to exchange views on the situation in the region, in particular in Iraq and Syria, praising Kuwait’s role to resolve the Yemen crisis.
According to a statement, released by her office, during the meeting, “Mogherini commended the instrumental efforts of Amir Sabah (Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah), in promoting a peaceful solution to the Yemeni conflict, by hosting UN-facilitated talks in Kuwait City.”
Mogherini and Al-Jarallah discussed ways to swiftly promote a negotiated and inclusive political settlements in Yemen, by working with all the parties, the UN and regional actors, it noted.
They welcomed the fruitful outcome of the EU-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Joint Council and Ministerial meeting, held in Brussels.
They also discussed ways to strengthen relations between the European Union and the State of Kuwait.
They seized this opportunity to formally sign a Cooperation Arrangement between the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The EEAS is the EU’s foreign service.
It said, “This Arrangement aims to complement the implementation of the EU-GCC Cooperation Agreement of 1988, by fostering cooperation between the EEAS and the Ministry, by ways of increased exchanges between officials and efforts to promote regular political dialogue and concrete cooperation initiatives.” It added that, the two-way EU-Kuwait trade in goods, totalled 10.2 billion euro in 2015, with a positive trade balance of 1.8 billion euro in the EU’s favour.
On his part, Al Jarallah told the Kuwait news agency, KUNA, that, Kuwait is the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council, to sign such an arrangement with the EU.
He noted that both the EU and Kuwait are leading humanitarian aid players and that this MoU will contribute in boosting their cooperation in this field.
He explained that, this MoU offers Kuwait the opportunity to cooperate with the 28-member European bloc outside the EU, for example, to give aid and assistance the EU provides to Africa.
It also gives us the opportunity to cooperate with the EU in areas like energy, investment and in many areas which strengthen the cooperation between Kuwait and the EU, he said.
Al-Jarallah noted that the EU is a huge organisation capable of offering assistance and expertise to other countries.
“Through this MoU we can profit from the expertise and capabilities of the EU in Kuwait and also outside Kuwait,” he added.
Source: Name News Network