First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said the upcoming visit by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud to Kuwait will add to the already firm ground of the bilateral ties.
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“The visit will be a historic juncture in the relationships between the two countries in all fields which stood the test of time and continue to serve the joint interests, and fend off the common threats and challenges,” Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said in statements to KUNA on Wednesday.
“His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is keen on strengthening the relations, whether on the state-to-state or the people-to-people levels, with all GCC member countries, particularly the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “The Kuwaiti-Saudi relations continue to grow thanks to the care and keenness of the leaders of both countries,” he pointed out.
“King Salman will be more than welcome to be here as guest of His Highness the Amir and the Kuwaiti people who remember with gratitude the Kingdom’s historic stances towards, and strong support to, Kuwait,” he went on.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled recalled the “the heroic and decisive” help offered by Saudi Arabia to Kuwait in the struggle against the Iraqi invasion in 1990-1991 until the liberation of Kuwait and restoration of legitimacy. He reaffirmed Kuwait’s desire to continue working with the Kingdom to meet the aspirations of the two peoples, boost cooperation among the Arab and Muslim nations, and contribute to international peace and stability. King Salman is scheduled to meet His Highness the Amir during his stay here.
Kuwait will be the fourth leg in Saudi King’s tour of the GCC states which took him to the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain where he attended the 37th GCC Summit yesterday. Kuwaiti academics stressed the importance of the historic upcoming visit of the Saudi King to the country. In separate interviews with Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), they pointed out that several key and heated topics would be on the table of discussions between the visiting Saudi leader and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
They noted that the importance of the talks stems from the fact that the Kingdom is the strategic depth of the State of Kuwait. They expected that the talks could also touch upon the Saudi proposal to develop the Gulf Cooperation Council to a union as to unite Gulf states in the face of impending challenges facing the region.
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