Britain, Kuwait agree on cooperation in various fields

Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador Khaled Al-Jarallah during the meeting

Britain, Kuwait agree on cooperation in various fields


LONDON -- The Kuwait-British Joint Steering Group on Thursday wrapped up its 14th session with an agreement on pursuing cooperation in diverse sectors including defense and cyber security.

Kuwaiti and British officials, in a joint communique publicized after inking a common action plan for the next six months, said the coordination would focus on commerce, investments, immigration, security, defense, cyber security, health, education, scientific research, environment and culture.

The joint statement noted that the discussions between the Kuwaiti and British officials within the commission framework dealt with cooperation in global environment, through cooperation between the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development and the British Department for International Development.

The statement added that the committee meeting, co-chaired by the Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador Khaled Al-Jarallah, and the British Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa Andrew Murrison, tackled defense affairs and prospects to hold more joint military drills.

The two parties endorsed a joint action blueprint on aviation security, immigration, a project for information swap, training anti-terrorist squads, airports' security, it said, adding that the meeting was distinguished with "positive and useful discussions regarding cyber security," also noting that the British side pledged to continue helping in regulating communication and information technology in Kuwait.

British and Kuwaiti companies, the statement notes, can play a pivotal role in enhancing commercial ties, boosting commercial exchanges and organizing fairs and conventions.

Kuwaiti exports to Britain reached sterling pounds 2.5 billion (USD 3.15 billion) last year, with the total trade exchanges between the two countries hitting GBP four billion (USD five billion), also according to the joint statement.

The two sides have pledged to expand cooperation in trade, scientific research, education, protecting the environment and overhauling the economy of creativity.


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