KUWAIT, ITALY PLEDGE COMMITMENT TO TACKLING EXTREMISM, TERRORISM

ROME, Sept 19 — Kuwait and Italy on Thursday pledged their commitment to cooperating with the international community on combatting fundamentalism and terrorism on the regional and global levels.

The message of intent was made in a joint statement at the conclusion of the visit of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to Italy between September 16 and 17, made to mark the Golden Jubilee of bilateral relations.

In their discussions on regional and international political affairs, they acknowledged that the jihadist group, Islamic State (IS) was a combined threat.

On Syria, they reiterated that dialogue was the only solution to the conflict there, expressing their support of the UN and Arab League efforts aimed at reaching a political resolution that realizes the aspirations of the people.

They also underlined the importance of maintaining response efforts to humanitarian needs on the ground there and on ensuring the reach of effective aid to the Syrian people.

Italy, for its part, expressed “deep appreciation” of efforts being assumed by Kuwait in supporting the humanitarian situation in Syria, after two international donors’ conferences it hosted collectively helped raise pledges of around USD four billion to the cause.

On Iraq, the two expressed satisfaction over the formation of a new government, including all factions. They wished the troubled Arab nation all the success in regaining security and stability and maintaining national unity.

On Iran’s globally disputed nuclear issue, both sides welcomed an initial agreement signed by Iran and the P5 1 global powers and expressed hope Iran would commit to the deal in order to move on and end any fears arising from the matter.

They also welcomed the currently implemented ceasefire in Gaza and hoped that this agreement would lead to the resumption of the Middle East peace process and the establishment of Palestinian statehood – with a capital of East Jerusalem – based on international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative.

On diplomatic relations between the two, the statement hailed the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber.

Talks between the Kuwaiti premier and his opposite Italian number Matteo Renzi were held in “cordial” surroundings reflecting the depth of friendship between both sides as they discussed issues of mutual importance.

Both senior officials stressed the importance of bilateral relations on the aspects of politics, defence, the economy, culture and scientific research.

On the scale of defence, they noted the need to increase this cooperation, particularly on aviation.

They mentioned that the Italian air force is currently carrying out the training of Kuwaiti pilots, is developing armament systems and is planning the preparations for a joint defence committee meeting scheduled to take place in Kuwait in October.

Kuwaiti army officers are also receiving training across Italian military colleges and training facilities amidst efforts to develop their strategic relationship.

Both sides went on to agree the furthering of financial and trade relations through the execution of exchanged investments, hailing the current example of this cooperation between their sovereign funds – Kuwait Investment Authority and the Italian Strategic Fund.

Kuwait expressed deep satisfaction on the “huge progress” achieved by Italy in improving its financial situation while Italy welcomed Kuwait’s scheduled participation in Expo Milano 2015 and the size of its stall and involvement.

On culture and scientific research, they agreed to increase cooperation, through the exchanged hosting of exhibitions, university cooperation, and through working together to back Italian language learning outlets in Kuwait

They also reiterated keenness on expanding their cooperation on healthcare, particularly on research dedicated to hereditary diseases affecting children.

SOURCE: KUNA