1st official state visit of Kuwait Emir begins

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THE Emir of Kuwait His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will touch down in Brunei today for his first state visit to the country.

HH Sheikh Sabah will meet with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at Istana Nurul Iman this afternoon, where the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and global issues.

Brunei’s monarch will also host a state banquet for the Emir, who will be leading a delegation of over 80 officials, dignitaries and royal family members.

The Kuwaiti embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan said that a number of agreements will be signed between the two countries in the fields of education, research, tourism, trade and bilateral cooperation. Last year during His Majesty’s visit to Kuwait, the two nations signed a memorandum of understanding in investment cooperation.

“The memorandum of understanding which was signed during His Majesty’s recent visit to Kuwait, would set the tone for future investment and financial cooperation as both sides have put forward concrete ideas to set up joint ventures.... This visit has ushered in a new chapter of Brunei-Kuwait ties aimed at producing more cooperation initiatives, setting in motion efforts to take bilateral relation to the next level,” said the Kuwaiti ambassador, Dr Fahad Al-Thafiri, in a statement last February.

As part of the MoU, Kuwait plans to send more entrepreneurs to Brunei to explore business and investment opportunities.

The ambassador added that Kuwait offers a handful of scholarships to Bruneian students to pursue their higher education in Arabic language and Islamic studies.

The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1990 and have several bilateral agreements in place covering oil and gas cooperation, taxation, investment, air services, and economic and technical cooperation.

The Brunei Times