HH the Amir being received by Sheikh Nawaf at Kuwait airport.
Amir returns home from UK

KUWAIT, Nov 30, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the official delegation accompanying him returned home Friday evening from the UN where he paid an official visit.
Sheikh Sabah was received at the airport by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, senior Sheikhs, Deputy head of the National Guard Sheikh Mishal Al-Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Ministers, Governors, senior state officials, and commanders of the army, police and national guard.
In recognition of the great hospitality and the warm welcome Queen Elizabeth II and the British government accorded His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah in his recent official visit to the United Kingdom, he has sent a number of cables of thanks on Friday to British officials.
Firstly, the Amir sent a cable of thanks to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in which he expressed his delight at his visit to her country with which Kuwait has enjoyed firm historical ties, wishing her and her nation continued progress and advancement.
HH the Amir also sent a cable of thanks to British Prime Minister David Cameron, noting the warm welcome he and the official delegation with him received from the Minister and members of the British government. The Amir made mention of the fruitful results of his visit to Britain, which he said would contribute to boosting bilateral relations.
A similar cable of thanks echoing similar sentiments was also sent by the Amir to John Bercow, Speaker of the British House of Commons.
John Bercow, expressed deep appreciation to the Amir Sheikh Sabah for his visit to the headquarters of the assembly and the House of Lords where he made historic speeches underlining the deep-rooted and historic ties bounding London and Kuwait City.
Bercow, in a statement to Kuwait News Agency, (KUNA), said he was pleased for the major role Britain had played to aid the Kuwaiti people in face of the 1990-1991 Iraqi occupation of their country, namely its contribution to the international campaign that drove the occupiers out of Kuwait.
He lauded the Amir for his particular reference to this period of time in his addresses in London.
He praised wisdom of the Amir in tackling various national issues and hailed the Kuwaiti state steps in support of democracy, defense of human rights and freedom of expression.
Meanwhile, eminent legislative figures and dignitaries have lauded outcome of the Amir’s visit to the UK, affirming that it would significantly boost historic relations between the two countries in the political, commercial and diplomatic sectors.
Alistair Burt, Foreign Office Minister, said he was overwhelmed with delight as a result of His Highness’ response to the invitation by Queen Elizabeth to pay the historic visit to Britain.
The Amir’s discussions with the British officials focused on Kuwaiti investments in the UK, Burt said, affirming London’s keenness on contributing to the development scheme of the State of Kuwait, adding that the talks were held in cordial atmosphere and the mission was totally successful.
The Amir’s talks with the British officials coincided with celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Kuwait Investment Office in London.
Dr. Farhan Nethami, the director of the Islamic studies center at Oxford University, indicated that the Amir’s visit depicted the historic and distinguished relationship bounding London with Kuwait City.
Lord Lewis said he knew closely Sheikh Sabah during his former service in the foreign office, when His Highness served as foreign minister of the Gulf state, adding that he used to seek Sheikh Sabah’s advice on diverse issues due to his long experience in international affairs. He revealed that he would pay a visit to Kuwait, in February, hoping to hold talks with Kuwaiti officials.
For his part, Lord Triesman told KUNA the 1990 Iraqi aggression on Kuwait constituted a test to the strength of the Kuwaiti-British ties. These solid ties reflected keenness of the states and peoples of the two countries on bolstering the relations in all spheres.
He praised the Kuwaiti democratic experience, noting that the Kuwaiti people enjoy the freedom to determine their future and the Kuwaiti woman is taking part in the political realm, in addition to her role in other public affairs’ sectors.
Sagacious leadership of the Amir depicts his keenness on prosperity of his people, Lord Triesman elaborated, praising His Highness’ address to the British people which was characterized with warmness, cordial sentiments and appreciation.

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