KUWAIT, Jan 6 — Egyptian President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi is paying his first visit to Kuwait since becoming president, a visit that will contribute to stronger bilateral relations and cooperation, with Egypt set to take over the Arab Summit presidency from Kuwait in March.
Al-Sisi, who was received at the airport by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, held talks with the Kuwaiti leader on ways of further promoting bilateral cooperation as well as a host of regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah said in a statement the talks dealt with ways of boosting bilateral relations and cooperation, as well as issues of common interest.
The talks, he added, were held in a cordial atmosphere, which reflected the desire of the two sides to further cementing relations.
Following the summit talks, His Highness the Amir decorated Al-Sisi with the Order of Mubarak Al-Kabeer in appreciation of the Egyptian leader and people.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad also held a dinner banquet in honor of Al-Sisi and his delegation.
The Egyptian leader, accompanied by Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, Minister of Oil and Mineral Wealth Sherif Ismail, Minister of International Cooperation Najlaa Al-Ahwani and Minister of Investment Ashraf Salman, had already started high-level meetings with Kuwaiti officials at the beginning of his two-day visit.
Al-Sisi met with National Assembly Speaker Ali Al-Ghanim and several other deputies at his Bayan Palace residence.
He also received His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.
The Egyptian leader, meanwhile, met with President of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Ali Mohammad Thunayan Al-Ghanim, who was accompanied by KCCI board members and a number of businessmen.
The meetings were attended by head of the honorary mission and advisor at the Amiri Diwan Khaled Yousef Al-Flaij.
The President’s visit is within the framework of efforts exerted by Egypt to promote joint Arab action and the development of relations between the Arab countries.
Al-Sisi will also meet with Egyptian businessmen in order to strengthen economic relations between the two countries.
The President’s visit will be suitable for extending appreciation and gratitude of Egypt to Kuwait, being the first Arab state to support the Egyptian Government in 2013 following the 30th of June revolution.
First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled had said Al-Sisi’s visit to Kuwait would open future prospects of bilateral relations, describing it as “very important to complete what the country started in both regional and international issues.”
For his part, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah stressed the importance of the historic visit, viewing it as the embodiment of the depth of the ties and relations between the two countries.
Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah explained that the Council of Ministers welcomed the visit of President Al-Sisi and his accompanying delegation, noting that the visit comes within the framework of the brotherly ties between the two countries.
Earlier today, National Assembly Speaker Al-Ghanim received an Egyptian delegation representing various media outlets to cover President Al-Sisi’s visit.
Al-Ghanim discussed with the delegation, which comprises senior media persons, the historical ties between the two countries at all levels.
Al-Ghanim spoke about bilateral cultural and educational relations, noting that Egypt supported Kuwait over many decades and consequently Kuwait will not hesitate to stand beside Cairo in all difficult conditions.
He hailed the political level of Egyptian-Kuwaiti ties, deeming it as “stable and constructive.” He and the delegation discussed the horizons of distinguished relations between the two countries.