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Vital to boost bilateral ties with India amid coordination with China: Kuwait

Kuwait’s envoy speaks at university event in New Delhi

Ambassador Al-Najim and the participants in the conference visit Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah Library in the university

NEW DELHI, March 26, (KUNA): The Kuwaiti Ambassador to India has noted importance of boosting bilateral ties with India and has hinted at current coordination with another regional power, China, to execute Kuwait’s development schemes with less dependence on oil.

The envoy, Jassim Al- Najim, was speaking on Tuesday at a national conference as chief guest in the prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi. The convention, themed “India, China and the Arab World Exploring New Dynamics,” was organised by Indo Arab Cultural Centre at the university, in cooperation with the Kuwait Embassy.

Relations between India and the Arab world are not confined to trade and economics but also includes fine arts, architecture and sculpture as a collection of antiquities discovered on Kuwaiti island of Failaka proves, he said in his address to the convention “Trade between India and Kuwait flourished since the 19th century until now and Kuwait has been an important trading partner for India with total trade of USD nine billion in 2016-17 and seventh largest crude oil supplier to India in the same period,” he added.

Bilateral cooperation currently encompasses social, cultural sectors in the backdrop of political consensus and mutual support in all international forums dealing with Kuwait-China relations, the ambassador said.

On Kuwait’s ties with China, he has indicated that Kuwaiti leaders view the relations with this Asian nation as important, hailing the strategic partnership the Kuwait Amir, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, established after talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to China in July 2018.

“Under the strategic partnership framework, China and Kuwait will maintain and strengthen high level exchanges and communication in order to expand consensus and deepen political trust.

The two countries will also support each other on issues concerning the sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. In addition, both the countries have agreed to promote the “Chinese Belt and Silk Road Initiative since its announcement in 2013 and the Kuwaiti leadership has decided to attune the Kuwait Vision for 2035 with the Chinese development project. This is done in order to turn Kuwait into a financial hub and gradually diversify the economy and bring in sustainable development.

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