Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to the State of Kuwait

1588-28-08-2017

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On August 27−28, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov paid a working visit to the State of Kuwait where he was received by Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Kuwait Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah. He also held talks with First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah Al Khaled Al Sabah.

During the meetings and conversations, the participants focused on important aspects for the promotion of the traditionally friendly Russian-Kuwaiti relations. They reiterated the commitment of Moscow and Kuwait to maintain an active and confidential political dialogue at various levels, including in the context of the State of Kuwait being elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2018−2019.

They agreed on the need to build up business cooperation between Russia and Kuwait in trade, economic, investment, energy and other spheres. The participants also noted the importance of conducting joint work within the framework of a bilateral intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation, promoting direct contacts in business and bilateral ties in areas such as culture, education, sports, and tourism.

The talks held by Foreign Minister Lavrov in Kuwait City clearly demonstrated the coinciding approaches of the two countries on most of the matters concerning the Middle Eastern agenda. The accent was made on the need to resolve the remaining acute issues in the region, including the military and political crises in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, as well as to achieve a political settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through dialogue and mutual consideration of the interests of all the parties involved. In this regard, Minister Lavrov confirmed Moscow's support for the mediation efforts undertaken by the leadership of Kuwait in the interest of normalising relations between Qatar and a number of Arab states.

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