Australia, Kuwait keen on bolstering ties
KUWAIT, Jan 28, (KUNA): Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah on Sunday lauded strong historic bonds linking Kuwait and India. “Kuwaiti-Indian relations are deeply-rooted and date back to many decades with Kuwaiti merchants’ trips to India to sell their commodities which were a source of income to Kuwaiti people,” Al-Jarallah told reporters on the sidelines of his participation in the Indian embassy’s celebration of the National Day. This participation shows eagerness on keeping these strong bonds with India, he said. He pointed out that Indians were making up the largest expatriate community in Kuwait.
“They are working with Kuwaitis to develop and upgrade Kuwait,” Al- Jarallah said, adding that “We have great relations in all realms.” On the political level, he noted that the joint political coordination committee was meeting regularly and the officials of the two countries are paying reciprocate visits to Kuwaiti and India with an eye to take bilateral relations to new heights. He unveiled that the officials of both countries were working to better regulate contracting with Indian workers and to overcome any impediments in this regard.
Meanwhile, Australia and Kuwait are keen on boosting bilateral relations on all possible domains, said Australian Ambassador to Kuwait Jonathan Gilbert Sunday. During the celebrations of the Australian National Day at the embassy, Ambassador Gilbert said that the two countries have great cooperation within the commercial, educational and food security levels. He added that the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK), which has around 4,000 registered Kuwaiti students, is another indication of the strong relations. On the commercial level, Ambassador Gilbert said that Australia was the suitable partner for Kuwait in the area of food products especially with the increase of agriculture exports.
He affirmed that Australia was keen on covering the food security needs of Kuwait for the long term. Ambassador Gilbert touched on the security and military cooperation between Kuwait and his country, affirming that both countries were keen on peace and security in the region and the world. The diplomat also expressed his pride in Australian troops’ participation in the 1991 liberation of Kuwait from the Iraq invasion of 1990. Kuwaiti Assistant Foreign Minister for the Americas Reem Al- Khaled attended the festivities at the Australian embassy.