KUWAIT AMIR, JORDAN KING RENEW COMMITMENT TO REGIONAL SECURITY

Diplomacy at forefront of joint declaration

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KUWAIT CITY, April 24: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his accompanying delegation concluded their state visit to Jordan, returning home on Wednesday. During the visit, the delegation, which included Minister of Finance Anwar Ali Al- Mudhaf, Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Investment Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya, and senior officials from the Amiri Diwan, engaged in fruitful discussions aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two nations. Expressing gratitude, His Highness the Amir sent a cable to King Abdullah II of Jordan, thanking him for the warm welcome and hospitality extended during the visit. The cable highlighted the deep and distinguished relations between the two countries and aimed to strengthen cooperation for the mutual benefit of their peoples.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his official delegation departed from Amman, Jordan, following a state visit. Jordanian King Abdullah II bid farewell to His Highness the Amir at the airport.

Additionally, His Highness expressed his deepest appreciation for being honored with the Order of Al-Hussein ibn Ali by the King of Jordan. Upon departure, His Highness the Amir was bid farewell at the airport by Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein, along with other dignitaries including Prince Mered bin Raad, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Dr. Bisher Al- Khasawneh, Head of the Royal Court Yusuf Al- Esawi, and Kuwait’s Ambassador to Jordan Hamad Al-Marri. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Jordanian King Abdullah II reiterated on Wednesday support for regional security and stability, along with dialogue and diplomatic solutions for conflicts. This came in a joint statement issued by both sides following His Highness the Amir’s two-daylong state visit to Amman. They also underlined the significance of opening communication channels for building bridges of partnership and cooperation, promoting values of solidarity, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence, ensuring sustainable regional growth, stability, and peace, and respecting states’ sovereignty.

Both leaders also stressed that it is essential to work to reduce tensions in the Middle East, fend off military escalation and find fair, all-out, and lasting peaceful solutions to regional conflicts. They called on the international community, particularly the UN Security Council (UNSC), to adopt a resolution imposing an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, protecting civilians, delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza, staving off further escalation, and rejecting war spillover, incursions into Rafah and displacement. The leaders of Kuwait and Jordan, further, reaffirmed that Palestine is a central cause and that a fair solution would fulfill all legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, based on the two-state approach involving an independent Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 border with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital, in line with relevant international legitimacy resolutions. In this context, they underlined that the Arab Peace Initiative is the sole way to achieve just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East region.

Furthermore, both sides called for maintaining the existing historical and legal status of Islamic and Christian holy sites, with His Highness the Amir emphasizing the role of Jordan in protecting religious sanctuaries and their Islamic and Christian identity. They stressed that regional shipping routes should be protected in line with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in order to maintain the interests of all world countries and that agreements concluded by the region’s countries be respected. The Khor Abdullah agreement reached by Kuwait and Iraq on April 29, 2012, which became effective as of December 18, 2013, should be observed, calling for protecting Khor Abdullah from any transnational terrorist and criminal activities, according to the joint statement.

In this context, both leaders called for commitment to the security exchange protocol, calling on Iraq to reconsider the protocol signed with Kuwait in 2008, which includes a specific revision and cancellation mechanism. The Kuwait-Iraqi sea border demarcation should be completed to be beyond the mark 162 as per relevant UN conventions and treaties, urging the respect of Kuwait’s sea and land sovereignty in line with UNSC Resolution 833/1993. They also underscored that Durra offshore oilfield falls within the maritime boundaries of Kuwait and that natural resources in the divided zone between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, including Durra field, only belong to both Kuwait and Saudi Arabia as per international law and bilateral accords. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his accompanying delegation arrived on Tuesday in Jordan on a state visit. His Highness the Amir was received by Jordanian King Abdullah II and the Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Jordanian King Abdullah II held official talks at Basman Palace on Tuesday, about the deep-rooted bilateral ties between the two countries and ways of boosting cooperation to serve the aspirations of the two peoples.

His Highness the Amir congratulated King Abdullah II on the 25th anniversary of his coronation, praising Jordan’s achievements under his wise leadership. The King of Jordan awarded His Highness the Amir the Order of Al-Hussein ibn Ali as a sign of deep and firm relations between both countries. His Highness the Amir voiced his deepest gratitude and thanks to the King of Jordan for awarding His Highness the Order of Al-Hussein ibn Ali. At the end of his visit, His Highness the Amir expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the King of Jordan for the warm welcome and hospitality during the visit. His Highness the Amir said that the visit reflected deep and distinguished relations between the two countries and peoples, and aimed to strengthen fruitful and constructive cooperation between the two countries in a way that serves common interests and realizes their peoples’ aspirations. His Highness the Amir also invited the King of Jordan to visit the State of Kuwait at a date to be determined later through bilateral diplomatic channels.(KUNA)

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