Kuwaiti Partnership and Democracy Praised by British Prime Minister During Visit

By Al Madar, PRNE
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

KUWAIT CITY, February 23, 2011 - Ahead of Kuwait's National Day and Liberation Day weekend, His Highness
the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
(www.pm.gov.kw/index.asp) welcomed Britain's Prime Minister David
(www.number10.gov.uk) during a visit in which the leaders
discussed their country's mutual cooperation, along with such topics as
development, national security and democracy.

"We are pleased to see you amongst us as we mark the 50th anniversary of
independence, the 20th anniversary of liberation and 5th anniversary of His
Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's (
www.da.gov.kw/eng) assumption of power," said Sheikh Nasser. "Kuwait
appreciates its long-standing ties with Britain and we look forward to
further advancing these ties."

Relations between Kuwait and Great Britain date back two centuries and
were solidified upon Kuwait's independence in 1961 and reinforced by the
unconditional support of the British government during Iraq's invasion of
Kuwait in 1990-91.

During the visit, the leaders held talks that resulted in several
agreements, including a deal between British Petroleum (
www.bp.com/bodycopyarticle.do?categoryId=1&contentId=7052055) and
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (www.kpc.com.kw/default.aspx), and a deal
regarding the exchange of expertise on a peaceful nuclear program for Kuwait.
Sheikh Nasser also called on the United Kingdom to invest in Kuwait's
ambitious development plan, which would cost around KD 37 billion (around
$114 billion).

After having met with a number of Kuwaiti officials, the British leader
expressed his admiration of the political and economic progress made by
Kuwait. "I've been impressed by what I saw at the National Assembly
(www.kna.kw/clt/default.asp). It was very interesting to go and to
have meetings with the Speaker and some of the Members of Parliament…"
Prime Minister Cameron continued: "[Kuwait's] commitment to increased
political and economic openness and the gradual development of a liberal and
open society…will lead to a stronger, better Kuwait and to an ever-closer
partnership between our nations."

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