KUWAIT, Oct 2 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser
Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah concluded yesterday a successful tour for a
number of friendly countries, including the Swiss Confederation, Canada and
the United States, where he headed the Kuwaiti delegation representing HH the
Amir to the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New
This round had reflected keenness of HH the Prime Minister on manifesting
the wise policy of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in the
continued emphasis on the importance of strengthening bonds of relations
between Kuwait and the countries of the world and HH's ongoing quest to build
the foundations of cooperation and mutual understanding with regional and
HH Sheikh Nasser kicked off last September 13 the first leg of his trip in
the Swiss capital, Bern, where he met President of the Swiss Confederation
The two sides discussed the distinguished bilateral relations and ways of
enhancing them, in addition to reviewing international issues of common
HH also met with President of the Swiss Parliament, Jean-Pierre Germnier,
and held joint talks, during which he attended a session of the Swiss
parliament, before moving to the headquarters of the provincial government of
Bern, where he met the Mayor of the Swiss capital Alexander Chapat.
Both men reviewed the special relations that bind Swiss and Kuwaiti peoples.
Meanwhile, Kuwaiti Al-Ahmadi Governorate and the city of Bern had signed a
twinning agreement in March 2010 based on the foundations of mutual
cooperation and exchange of experiences between the two sides in various
technical, educational, sporting and cultural domains, as well as trade and
urban planning, maintenance and revival of the national heritage.
In the framework of the distinguished visit, the delegation accompanying HH
the Premier, which included the ministers of Commerce and Industry and
Finance, in addition to a delegation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of
Kuwait met members of the Executive Council of the Federation of Swiss
After the Swiss station, HH the Prime Minister left on September 17 to New
York to preside over the Kuwaiti delegation participating in the meetings of
the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
HH Sheikh Nasser stressed, in a speech on behalf of HH the Amir to
representatives of the international community, importance of the role played
by the United Nations and its various organizations in the face of global
challenges and risks at various levels, especially political and humanitarian
HH the Premier added that the importance of the United Nations has without
doubt increased with time, as the international arena has experienced, during
the past six decades, many events that had a direct impact on international
peace and security, where the United Nations had been a safe haven for Member
States to search for collective and unified solutions to face problems and
HH the Prime Minister met on the sidelines of the meetings the UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon, in addition to the Eritrean President, President of the
Republic of Sierra Leone, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Prime Minister of the
Kingdom of Bhutan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Prime Minister of
the Republic of Albania, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Prime Minister
of the Republic of Vanuatu, President of the Republic of Togo and the
Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
HH Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad also attended a meeting of Clinton Global
Initiative (CGI), during which they discussed global challenges facing the
world and the development of innovative collective solutions to address them
with a number of Heads of State and Governments.
With the end of his mission in New York, HH the Prime Minister headed on
September 25 to Canada on an official visit; the first of its kind for a
high-level Kuwaiti official.
The Governor of Canada, David Johnson, had warmly received HH the Prime
Minister despite the fact that the visit began at the end of the week; a
public holiday, which emphasized depth and strength of Kuwaiti-Canadian
The two sides reviewed during the meeting the prospects for cooperation in
economic, trade and investment spheres between the two countries with His
Highness the Prime Minister stressing that this visit was to renew the thanks
and appreciation of the Kuwait government and people for the people of Canada
for their support for the legitimacy of Kuwait, especially during the Iraqi
occupation of the country and Canada's established positions in the support
and promotion of peace and stability in the world.
HH the Prime Minister held fruitful talks with the Canadian Prime Minister
Stephen Harper that resulted in the signing of two agreements for the
protection of investments between the two countries and a memo of
understanding in air transport.
HH the Prime Minister also met Canadian House Speaker Andrew Shir and
President of the Senate Noel Kinsella.
Washington was the last stop HH the Prime Minister's tour, where he met in
the White House with Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, and
discussed issues of common interest, particularly with regard to the security
of Kuwait and the Gulf region.
He also discussed with Biden the issue of Kuwaiti detainees at Guantanamo,
stressing that this case is of great importance to the Kuwait government and
He also met with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and discussed
with her issues of reciprocal interest, notably the rapid developments taking
place in the Arab world.
On military security, HH the Prime Minister met with head of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff in the US Army, Admiral Michael Mullen, where the two sides
discussed military cooperation between Kuwait and the United States and the
arrangements for post-American withdrawal from Iraq. (end)
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