Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG)
Visit by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to Kuwait
On 19th February, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, who is in Kuwait to participate in the work of the third round of ministerial strategic dialogue between Russia and the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG), was welcomed by the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Shiekh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah; he has also conducted negotiations with the First Deputy President of the Council of Ministers, the Foreign Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
During their talk, the Emir of Kuwait showed much appreciation for the state of what are traditional friendly Russian-Kuwaiti relations. At the same time, they proclaimed a mutual aspiration to develop bilateral partnership in the financial, economic and investment sectors, as well as in the trade, oil and gas and energy sectors. There was noted the importance of more dynamic involvement of economic and financial institutes, and the involvement of entrepreneurs from both countries in the implementation of investment projects.
Special attention was devoted to the large-scale transformation processes which have taken place in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Sergey Lavrov highlighted the importance that the people of Arab countries work towards resolution of all the problems in the region, without external interference or artificial escalation of tensions.
The heads of the Russian and Kuwaiti foreign services exchanged many opinions on the development of the situation in Syria and the surrounding area, including in the context of the results obtained from the first two rounds of inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva. Sergey Lavrov emphasised the need to continue the negotiation process between delegations from the SAR government, and the need to maintain opposition characterised by the constructive assistance of all influential international players, to ensure a faster political settlement of the Syrian crisis via the implementation of the Geneva Communiqué of 30th June 2012.
The framework of the discussion of the ways to reinforce interaction in the form of strategic dialogue between Russia and the CCASG, includes the topic of ensuring collective security in the Gulf area, including through the implementation of the respective concept proposed by Russia and supported by several subregional countries including Kuwait. The common opinion was that the Iran nuclear issue should be settled in a political and diplomatic way.
20th February 2014