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Time to stand with Umm Al Dunya

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan

During the recent visit of Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab to Kuwait, he met the editors-in-chief of local media, including myself, at Bayan Palace. Rather than a press conference, we had a friendly discussion about recent events, Kuwait-Egypt ties and other matters of mutual concern. I came away from that meeting with a renewed sense of hope in the future of one of the Arab world's oldest civilizations.

The truth is that Egypt is the backbone of the Arab world. Its strength and stability are critical for the entire region. I will not comment on what happened during or in the aftermath of the Arab Spring except to say that as always, we are with the Egyptian people and we wish them stability, security and prosperity. We have not forgotten the support and participation of Egypt during Saddam's invasion of Kuwait and we continue to look upon Egypt as a friendly and brotherly nation.

Egypt is also an important leader in regional security concerns and a primary mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Not to mention its importance in the Syria and Iraq issues. A stable Egypt will be able to play a bigger role in helping resolve these conflicts and reducing the threat posed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh).

In Kuwait, we believe that now is the time to help Egypt rebuild its economy. To provide jobs and income for the Egyptian people. We can see the possibilities of its future and know that this is a good time for Kuwaiti businessmen to take advantage of the opportunity to do business in the Arab world's most populous nation and grow together.

During the conversation, Prime Minister Mahlab noted that cooperation and ties between Kuwait and Egypt are long-standing and historical and many Kuwaitis have studied in Egypt or joined the Egyptian army when it fought against Israel. He also noted that the Egyptian government plans to pass new legislation to make Egypt more attractive to foreign investment, another step that will promote Kuwait-Egypt economic ties.

By Abd Al Rahman Alyan

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This article was published on 03/02/2015