KUWAIT, SPAIN 50 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS, COOPERATION

KUWAIT, Feb 3 — First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah’s visit to the Spanish capital Madrid Tuesday will set another milestone for the 50 years of diplomatic relations and cooperation between Kuwait and Spain.

Kuwaiti-Spanish diplomatic ties began in 1964. Kuwait took the diplomatic ties further with the opening of its embassy in Madrid in 1972, spelling the beginning of strong ties that will continue on for half a century.

The Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and former King of Spain Juan Carlos I, who abdicated the throne in favor of his son Felipe VI, have had long and strong relations which led former King Carlos to visit Kuwait during its 50th Independence Day and the 20th anniversary of Liberation.

Spain’s stern stance with Kuwait against the Iraqi invasion in 1990 was another indication that relations between the two countries were strong during time of crises.

Spain had provided logistics support for the forces involved in the operation to free Kuwait in 1991.

On the other hand, Kuwaiti and Spanish relations within the economic and commercial domains have also flourished. Commercial exchange between Spain and Kuwait has increased substantially by 87 percent between 2003 and 2013.

Kuwaiti exports to Spain have reached KD 56 million while Spanish exports to Kuwait have reached KD 88 million.

From 1979 till 2011, Kuwait and Spain had signed various accords and deals within the investment, transportation, culture and education, tourism, and diplomatic domains.

SOURCE: KUNA