Foreign Minister Dr George W.
Vella yesterday was in Kuwait to have talks with the Kuwaiti authorities on the
need to intensify dialogue between the Gulf Cooperation Countries and the Mediterranean
region with a view to enhance understanding, share views and opinions, and
engage in initiatives that contribute towards peace, security and stability in
our two regions.
The Foreign Minister was also
conveying the long-standing commitment of Malta on enhancing dialogue and
cooperation between the two regional groupings.
The Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Sabah, confirmed
his participation at the EU-South Regional Dialogue Meeting that Malta will be
holding on the 29th of April. This confirmation came during an
official visit to Kuwait by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr George W. Vella
during which he was also received by the Emir and the Prime Minister of the
In warmly welcoming Minister
Vella to Kuwait for the second time in as many years, the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh
Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah spoke of the longstanding excellent bilateral relations
between the two countries and wished Malta every success during its Presidency
of the Council of the European Union. He thanked the Government and the people
of Malta for hosting tertiary level Kuwaiti students receiving their tuition at
the University of Malta. The Emir also praised Malta’s understanding of
regional developments and its contribution to dialogue between Europe and the
On his part, Prime Minister Jaber
Al Sabah conveyed Kuwait’s full support to the initiatives taken by Malta,
which have traditionally contributed to stability in the Mediterranean. He gave
an overview of the humanitarian efforts made by Kuwait in regional crises,
especially in Syria and Yemen.
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh al Sabah and Minister Vella discussed at
length unfolding events in Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen and Africa. The
intensification of exchanges at the bilateral level particularly in the
economic and commercial fields, together with existing potential in the tourism
industry were also touched upon. The Deputy Prime Minister stated that
Malta’s commitment to closer relations between the EU and the Gulf Cooperation
Council is very much valued by Kuwait. The two Ministers signed an Agreement on
Cooperation in Culture and the Arts.
During his visit, Minister Vella
also held a meeting with the former Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Nasser Al
Mohammed Al Sabah.