KUWAIT, April 18 (KUNA) -- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba lauded Kuwait's firm stance and commitment to international laws and its support for peaceful resolutions to conflicts.
This came in an interview with KUNA and Kuwait TV during the Ukrainian minister's visit to Kuwait Tuesday, which also marks the anniversary of 30 years since the inception of diplomatic ties between the two friendly countries.
"We have not had any single black spot in our relations in the last 30 years," said Kuleba adding, "We are grateful to Kuwait for the support we have received since the war in Ukraine began and in particular the humanitarian aid Kuwait has been providing."
Kuleba also mentioned several historic events where the two countries exercised their goodwill toward one another and among them is Kuwait's support in constructing shelters for the surrounding areas of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
He also expressed his gratitude towards Kuwait's stand on the international scene when it voted in favor of resolutions related to Ukraine, especially the United Nations resolution that called for peace for the ongoing conflict last February calling Kuwait's support "the best example of how Kuwait supports Ukraine in international organizations."
"No other country in the world wants peace more than Ukraine and having Kuwait on our side and its support extended to our territorial integrity and sovereignty is a very important part of the global coalition that is struggling to establish peace," referring to the mentioned UN resolution that attracted 141 in favor votes in the general assembly.
Kuleba then said that Ukraine "was a food security guarantor, exporting millions of tons of grain globally; Allowing prices to be controlled and to avoid food crises and famines in many countries," stating that "since the war began, Russia has been blocking our ports putting a risk on the export of Ukrainian grain, yet what is more important are the lives of the millions of people that consume Ukrainian grain that is put to risk."
"Because we know what it means to starve," Kuleba stated referring to the famine that befell soviet-Ukraine in the 30s of the last century when millions died of starvation reiterating "We promised ourselves, no matter how difficult our own situation is, we will be providing bread to people around the world," mentioning various initiatives and programs Ukraine knighted to keep the export of Ukrainian grain to continue.
As for his visit to Kuwait, Kuleba said that he discussed various subjects with Kuwait officials and especially in the fields of trade, investment, business-to-business development, and contacts.
"Our economy suffered because of the war but our intrapreneurial companies have adapted to the new reality which is another reason why I am in Kuwait, to promote and welcome not only businesses from Kuwait to Ukraine but to restore a positive dynamic in Ukrainian exports to Kuwait," Kuleba stated.
Kuleba then said that he expects Ukraine to be "the biggest construction site in the world (after the war), to restore what is being destroyed by guns now."
He mentioned the vast opportunities that are available to further expand cooperation in all fields hoping for both sides to seize them for the utmost benefit.
"While looking at the way you live, I imagine that we want to build the same quality of life when we win and liberate our country, we want to follow in your footsteps to overcome the tragedy of war, to be a peaceful prosperous country like Kuwait," Kuleba concluded the interview.
Kuleba was in Baghdad Monday where he met with several top officials including Iraq's Prime Minister Mohammad Al-Sudani and his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Hussain as part of a regional tour to expand and tighten relations. (end)