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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 1: Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Development and International Cooperation Ambassador Hamad Al-Mashaan said Australia is just one of the sources of food products for Kuwait; hence, if it stops exporting sheep to Kuwait, there are other alternatives like South Africa, which the livestock company Mawashi is currently dealing with, reports Al-Qabas daily. In a statement to the daily on the sidelines of the Australian Embassy’s celebration of the National Day recently, Al-Mashaan affirmed the availability of Australian meat in the local market. He explained that the supply of Australian meat stops during summer due to the heat and then resumes in autumn.
Commenting on the Australian prime minister’s announcement about stopping the export of live animals due to the objection of local animal welfare organizations, Al- Mashaan clarified that such organizations raised this issue for a while and there has been constant communication in this regard between the governments of the two countries. Regarding the ministry’s readiness to deal with charitable societies during the month of Ramadan, Al-Mashaan disclosed: “The charitable work system in Kuwait has been operational for a long time. We are in the process of developing the system to protect it from hacking. The upgraded system will be launched in the near future.”
On the celebration of the National Day of Autralia, Al- Mashaan pointed out that the Kuwaiti-Australian relationship began in 1974; during which many agreements were signed.
He said the value of investments in the oil and investment sectors between the two countries has reached more than $16 billion. He added about 500 Kuwaitis are studying in Australian universities, while Australia and Kuwait are part of the international coalition against ISIS and there are Australian forces in Camp Arifjan.
Meanwhile, Australian Ambassador to Kuwait Melissa Kelly stressed the importance of the Kuwaiti-Australian partnership in the fields of food security, investment and education. She then expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all the Kuwaiti partners for supporting the embassy. She also highlighted the defense and military cooperation between the two countries, referring to the small contingent of Australian defense forces in Arifjan.