PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Foreign Minister George W. Vella in diplomatic activity in Kuwait

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 country.

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 Arab world.

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.

Source: Government of Malta