Kuwaiti ruler to visit Tehran for talks

Kuwaiti ruler to visit Tehran for talks
Tue May 20, 2014 07:57:41

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah is scheduled to pay an official visit to Iran to explore avenues for further enhancement of ties.

Heading a high-ranking political delegation, the Kuwaiti monarch will arrive in Tehran on June 1 at the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, ISNA reported on Monday.

Sheikh Sabah will discuss latest issues concerning cooperation between Kuwait and Iran with senior Iranian officials.

The Kuwaiti emir’s visit to Iran will be his first trip to the Islamic Republic since he took office in January 2006.

On February 11, Kuwait Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah stressed his country’s keenness to further expand “excellent” and “historic” relations with Iran.

Jarallah described the Islamic Republic as a “friendly” and “important” state, which shoulders “big responsibilities” in the Middle East.

“Kuwait is holding consultations and cooperating with Iran in all fields, especially to strengthen security and stability in the region,” he stated.

Jarallah further pointed to a future trip by the Kuwaiti king to the Islamic Republic, stressing that the visit will contribute to the enhancement of “historic and excellent relations between Kuwait and Iran.”

The Kuwaiti official added that Iran and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council's ([P]GCC) (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) are in talks to improve their ties, emphasizing, “We cannot imagine not having talks with Iran considering its weight, size and role in the region.”