Kuwait & Britain ink ‘extradition’ accord

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 15, (KUNA): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al- Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and the visiting UK Minister for the Middle Eastern and North African Affairs Tobias Ellwood signed the agreement for criminals’ extradion at the Ministry’s headquarters.

The visiting British official was honored with a luncheon. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled earlier on Thursday received the visiting Ellwood, discussing means of boosting the solid and historic bilateral relations between the State of Kuwait and the United Kingdom. The two sides exchanged views on various regional and international issues of mutual concern. The meeting was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign affairs.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim on Thursday praised “the enormous efforts” that have been exterted by the relevant authorities to draw up the criminals’ extradition treaty between the State of Kuwait and the United Kingdom — inked by the two sides ealrier today. “I publicize the good news to the people of Kuwait; the signing of the treaty which will be endorsed by the parliament instantly after its submission by the government,” he said. After its endorsement by the Kuwaiti and British legislative authorities, the accord will be effective immediately, “and the Kuwaitis will no longer see embezzlers of public funds roaming the streets of London and Britain,” he added. Al-Ghanim also, received on Thursday the visiting Ellwood.

The two officials tackled bilateral relations and means to enhance them in various fields. They also discussed issues of common interest and the latest developments in the region and the world, especially the catastrophic situation in Aleppo, Syria. In related news Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah on Thursday discussed with the visiting Ellwood bilateral relations and issues of common concern. Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al- Abdullah, during the meeting, welcomed the visiting British official, hailing the mutual cooperation that exists between the two friendly countries.

Earlier, Ellwood said that the UK and Kuwait were eager to boost their strong historic bilateral ties. In a statement to KUNA, prior to heading to Kuwait for a two-day visit late Wednesday, Ellwood said that he was pleased to visit Kuwait for the second time this year.

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