BEIJING: Representative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah departs China yesterday. – KUNA photos

BEIJING: Representative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said he had ‘crucial and strategic’ talks with senior Chinese officials that serve both countries. This came in a press release sent by the Kuwaiti Embassy in China yesterday at the wrapping-up of Sheikh Nasser Sabah’s week-long official visit to China.

He voiced much thanks and appreciation to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vice-Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Han Xiang and other senior officials for warm welcome, hospitality and the friendly atmosphere in which strategic talks were held. He spoke highly of Beijing’s constant objective and fair positions, along with unyielding coordination with Kuwait at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), while voicing satisfaction with the upgrading of bilateral historical relations to the level of strategic comprehensive partnership.

The senior Kuwaiti official pointed out the essential progress of political, economic, investment and trade cooperation between both sides, especially following the signing of a strategic comprehensive partnership deal. He further extolled China’s involvement in a set of major development projects carried out in Kuwait, in addition to its interest in the country’s planned northern titanic enterprises. However, Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad underlined that it is indispensable to promote China’s direct investments, mainly in infrastructure and technology projects, while expressing confidence that the outcomes of his Beijing tour would serve both countries’ mutual interests.

‘Totally successful’

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti Ambassador in Beijing Sameeh Johar Hayat hailed the visit as being ‘totally successful,’ reflecting the strategic depth and matching the level of Kuwaiti-Sino historical bonds.He was quoted in the embassy’s release as noting mutual willingness to cement and beef up strategic partnership ties which were given a strong push during a state visit by His Highness the Amir to China in July. He acclaimed the mutual consultation and coordination approach adopted by both nations’ leaderships as having become effective and momentous.

Underlining practical cooperation between both countries, the ambassador quoted Chinese leaders as viewing Kuwait as a key strategic partner in political, economic, trade, investment, cultural and security realms. “During meetings with Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad, China’s political leadership stressed that Kuwait is a significant, key and influential country in Middle East and Arab Gulf due to His Highness the Amir’s major role in keeping the region secure and stable,” he said.

The Kuwaiti defense minister began his official visit to China on December 15, during which he handed a written letter from His Highness the Amir to Chinese president Xi Jinping. He held talks with Vice-Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Han Xiang, on means of bolstering cooperation and strategic partnership between the two countries. Sheikh Nasser Sabah also participated in Beijing dialogue forum highlighting New Kuwait Vision 2035.During his stay in Beijing, the Kuwaiti official also toured Yangshan Port. Furthermore, Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad received on Saturday China head and members of the Kuwaiti military bureau in China.

New route to Guangzhou in China

In other news, Kuwait Airways announced yesterday it would be operating flights to the Chinese city of Guangzhou as for its flights schedule during summer. The national carrier in a statement confirmed its keenness on providing new routes that meet the growing demand for long and medium term destinations. Kuwait Airways is the oldest in the Arabian Gulf region. It was established in 1953 under the name of Kuwait National Airways Ltd. The Government of Kuwait bought the carrier in 1962. – KUNA