Embassies celebrate 57th National Day and 27th Liberation Day
KUWAIT: The gaieties of Kuwait’s national celebrations continue to pervade its overseas missions, as the Gulf country marks its 57th National Day and 27th Liberation Day, in addition to the 12th anniversary of His Highness the Amir’s ascendancy.
Kuwait’s embassy in the Indonesian capital Jakarta held a gala Tuesday, where a number of senior government officials joined a bevy of Kuwaiti diplomats to get the festivities underway, read a statement by the mission.
Abdulwahab Al-Saqer, Kuwait’s ambassador to the world’s largest island nation, said bilateral ties are outstanding and date back five decades, expressing hope for more progress in relations between the two countries.
In Vietnam, Kuwait’s Consulate General celebrated the joyous occasion with much fanfare, as consul Khaled Al-Mutairi took the opportunity to deliver a speech on his country’s ties with the Southeast Asian nation, conveying his heartiest congratulations to the His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and the Kuwaiti people.
Kuwait’s embassy in the Sultanate of Brunei joined in the celebrations as well, as ambassador Fahad Al-Thefeeri wished his country continued prosperity, security and peace. The Kuwaiti envoy described bilateral ties as “exceptional,” saying His Highness the Amir’s historic visit to the sultanate back in 2016 was the catalyst that helped transform relations.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Consul General in India’s financial capital Mumbai, Mansour Al-Alaimi, presided over a cultural festival in the sprawling city, which included a triumvirate of photographic exhibitions that brought together notable personalities and a number of international diplomats. In neighboring Bangladesh, Kuwaiti ambassador Adel Hayat used the occasion to hold a reception for a number of top government officials as well as chief lawmakers in the country.
In Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait’s Ambassador Saad Al-Asousi led a reception marking the occasions, grouping diplomats, dignitaries and Kuwaiti students. He extended congratulations to the top leaders, namely His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, as well as the Kuwaiti people on the national days. During the ceremony, Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim praised the distinguished bilateral relations between the countries.
In Slovakia, the Kuwaiti mission in the capital Bratislava held a similar reception, comprising senior Slovakian officials.
Kuwaiti Ambassador to Slovakia Essa Al-Shimali conveyed sincere congratulation to the people of Kuwait on the joyous occasion. He pointed out that ties between Kuwait and Slovakia have made palpable headway in recent times, citing an agreements for economic and health cooperation signed by both nations.
On Monday, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Sudan Bassam Al-Qabandi held a reception, which was attended by ministers, diplomats, businesspersons and officials of civil society organizations. In a speech, the ambassador extended congratulations to His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince and the Kuwaiti people.
Qabandi prayed to Allah to maintain security, progress and prosperity of Kuwait, greeting martyrs who offered their souls for the liberation of Kuwait. He noted that Kuwait has represented a platform for development across the world through carrying out many projects, which are highly appreciated by the international community. Such projects prompted the United Nations to honor His Highness the Amir as a “Humanitarian Leader,” he stated.
The Kuwaiti envoy pointed out that the Arab region is facing many challenges that necessitate cooperation, affirming Kuwait’s supportive role aiming to counter threats surrounding the region and work to settle disputes peacefully as well as discard violence and terrorism.
He touched upon the bilateral relations between Sudan and Kuwait, referring that they have witnessed continued development, thanks to the support and attention by His Highness the Amir and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
Sudanese Finance Minister Mohammad Al-Rekabi meanwhile congratulated His Highness the Amir, the State of Kuwait, the Kuwaiti government and all Kuwaitis on this great occasion, praying to Allah to maintain stability and prosperity of Kuwait. He hoped for further development in the bilateral ties, voicing his appreciation of Kuwait’s continued support to Sudan to set up several strategic projects and successful investments in the fields of communication, oil and real estate. On the sidelines of the festival, the embassy held an exhibition on humanitarian activities of charities in Sudan.
In Amman, Kuwait’s Ambassador to Jordan Dr Hamad Al-Duaij hosted a function to celebrate Kuwait’s national days in the presence of a large number of Jordanian officials, Jordan-based diplomats from the GCC states and other friendly countries, and representatives of the civil society institutions.
Ambassador Al-Duaij congratulated His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince and His Highness the Prime Minister on the national days. This occasion materializes the achievements made by the Kuwaiti people under the wise leadership of the country, he said in statements. He lauded the exemplary relations between Kuwait and the Kingdom of Jordan on all levels. In the meantime, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Jamal Al-Sarayra congratulated the Kuwaiti leaders and people on the national occasion. He said that both countries enjoy deep-rooted historical relations that kept growing in the course of time.
Kuwait Embassy in Cyprus’ reception was attended by Acting President Demetris Syllouris, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulidis, Arab ambassadors, as well as politicians, religious figures, ranking officers and economists.
Kasoulidis, addressing the event, commended His Highness the Amir for his role at regional and international levels, as well as mediations to solve conflicts. He praised Kuwait for hosting a recent conference on reconstruction of Iraq. “His Highness the Amir’s humanitarian endeavors were crowned with his Humanitarian Leader title bestowed by the UN,” he noted.
Kasoulidis said he visited Kuwait last year to celebrate 50th anniversary of launch of diplomatic between Kuwait and Cyprus, during which he met with His Highness the Amir. Kuwait Ambassador to Cyprus Waleed Al-Kanderi said Kuwait and Cyprus enjoyed strong relationship. He expressed appreciation to Cyprus support of Kuwait and its people during the Iraqi invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990-91.
Kanderi also thanked the European country for supporting candidacy of Kuwait for UN Security Council’s membership. He said Kuwait supported all efforts to reach a settlement for the Cyprus issue based on relevant UN resolutions.
Kuwait embassy in Azerbaijan held a reception attended by Minister of Sport and Youth Azad Rahimov as a representative of the President. Rahimov conveyed greetings of President Ilham Aliyev to His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince and the Kuwaiti people on their national days.
Rahimov said Azerbaijan was keen on further cementing relations with Kuwait in different spheres, including political, economic, cultural and tourism. Kuwait Ambassador in Baku Saud Al-Roumi addressed the reception and talked about development and prosperity in his country under leadership of His Highness the Amir.
Kuwait Charge d’Affaires to Cambodia Meteb Al-Osaimi also held a reception to celebrate his country’s national days. He said Kuwait and Cambodia enjoyed excellent relations, which were initiated 24 years ago. Osaimi said Kuwait was keen on supporting the needy in the Kingdom of Cambodia through philanthropic and development projects. A photo gallery was held to show Kuwait charitable projects in Cambodia.
Kuwait Ambassador to Switzerland Bader Al-Tunaib said Kuwait and Bern have many things in common which contributed to successful relations that spanned over half a century. Tunaib, in a reception marking Kuwait’s national days, said Kuwait was proud of his constitutional and parliamentary foundations, which were unique in the region. He said the fact many state officials, judges and economists were attending the reception reflected “the deep friendship between Kuwait and Switzerland at the government and parliamentary level.” Swiss Assistant Undersecretary and Director of Middle East Affairs Ambassador Wolfgang Amadeus commended the important role Kuwait was playing in the UN Security Council, as well as its generous humanitarian contributions to the people in need around the world. – KUNA