MUNICH: Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah meets with his Saudi Arabia counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. – KUNA photos

MUNICH: Kuwait contributed successfully to recent talks involving global leaders and security chiefs in the German city of Munich, the country’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah said yesterday. Kuwait’s participation in the Munich Security Conference was vigorous as it expressed its determination to rid the world of conflicts, particularly in the Middle East, the minister said as the two-day talks ended.

With Kuwait’s Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah leading his country’s delegation, which comprises senior state officials, the conference delved into matters dealing with threats to international security, added the minister. More than 500 high-level international decision-makers, including over 35 heads of state as well as some 100 foreign and defense ministers gathered at the annual talks to discuss current crises and future security challenges.

Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad took part in a panel discussion on Saturday, themed ‘Bridging Troubled Waters: De-escalation in the Gulf.’ The event was as part of the agenda of the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC-2020). Addressing the panelists, Sheikh Dr Ahmad highlighted the need to ensure freedom of navigation in the Arabia Gulf. He said the State of Kuwait continues making efforts to deescalate tensions in the region and reach reconciliation. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states have played a central role in security and stability of the region over the last decades, he added.

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister had met separately on Saturday with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia – Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Turkey – Mevlut Cavusoglu, Jordan – Ayman Al-Safadi, and Canada – Francois-Philippe Champagne. The meetings, held on the fringes of the conference, reviewed the deep-rooted bilateral ties between the State of Kuwait and the four friendly countries, the prospects of cooperation in all areas, and regional and international issues of common concern.

Furthermore, Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad met with Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s Foreign Minister on Saturday. The ministers covered topics to strengthen bilateral relations in all fields, as well as latest regional and international developments. Kuwait’s Foreign Minister also met with his Algerian counterpart Sabri Boukadoum, and the two officials focused in their discussion on bolstering ties, issues of mutual interests, and recent regional and international development. The meetings also gathered Kuwait Ambassador to Germany Najeeb Al-Bader, Consul General in Frankfort Minister Plenipotentiary Khaled Al-Mutair and Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for Europe Affairs Mohammad Hayati. – KUNA