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Kuwait embassies mark national days Fest continues globally

CAPITALS, Feb 24, (KUNA): Kuwaiti embassies and consulates abroad have celebrated Kuwait’s national celebrations by holding ceremonies or giving statements marking the country’s national days, which fall on February 25 and 26.

In Addis Ababa, the Kuwaiti Embassy held a ceremony at Sheraton Hotel to celebrate Kuwait’s National Day and Liberation Day, which fall on February 25 and 26 respectively. The ceremony was attended by Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom and several other senior officials and businessmen as well as Arab and foreign ambassadors in Addis Ababa. The Kuwaiti Embassy in Australia celebrated Kuwait’s national festivals, with a large number of Australian officials, members of parliament, businessmen, diplomats and Kuwaiti students in Australia attending. Addressing the reception, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand Khaled Al-Shaibani hailed Kuwaiti- Australian relations, pointing to Australian General-Governor Quentin Bryce’s visit to Kuwait two years ago to attend the Gulf nation’s national celebrations. In Ankara, Kuwaiti Ambassador Abdullah Al-Thuweikh held a ceremony marking his country’s Liberation Day and National Day. Several senior Turkish officials, primarily Minister of Finance Mehmet Simsek, were present in the celebration. Speaking at the reception, Al-Thuweikh congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah and HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al- Sabah on Kuwait’s national festivals.

He hailed comprehensive development and achievements in Kuwait under the wise leadership of HH the Amir, wishing Kuwait lasting security, stability and prosperity. He pointed to a planned visit by HH the Amir to Turkey sometime this year at the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gul, which he said would surely contribute to a further development and promotion of cooperative relations between Kuwait and Turkey. Speaking to KUNA on this occasion, the Turkish minister of finance said Kuwait was a major investor in Turkey. He lauded firm and deep cooperative ties between Turkey and Kuwait, wishing Kuwait more prosperity and development.

Kuwaiti Ambassador in Portugal Suleiman Al-Marjan boasted of the current steady positive development of Kuwaiti- Portuguese political and economic relations over the last few years. Speaking to KUNA on the sidelines of a ceremony by the Kuwaiti Embassy in Lisbon to mark Kuwait’s national festivals, the ambassador said both countries’ leaders attach much attention to a further promotion of bilateral ties. He cited mutual visits by both sides’ officials as a good sign of distinguished relations between Kuwait and Portugal. The event was attended by several senior Portuguese officials, members of parliament, party leaders, Arab and foreign ambassadors and media and social figures. A ceremony was held Saturday at the Kuwaiti embassy in Vietnam to mark the anniversary of Kuwait’s 52nd National Day and 22nd Liberation Day.

A large number of Vietnamese officials and ministers, including the deputy foreign minister, were present in the ceremony. In Dakar, the Kuwaiti Embassy celebrated Kuwait’s national festivals, with the Senegalese minister of national education attending. Some 900 officials and celebrities, including Senegalese officials, army and police officers, religious leaders, Arab and foreign ambassadors were also present in the event. Booklets on Kuwait’s cultural heritage and history of relations between Kuwait and Senegal were handed out during the celebration. In the Philippines, Kuwaiti Ambassador Waleed Al-Kandari held a ceremony to mark Kuwait’s 52nd National Day and 22nd Liberation Day. The ceremony was attended by Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Cabaiatam Binay and several other presidential and cabinet officials, members of parliament, businessmen, academics, media figures as well as Arab and foreign ambassadors.

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