Kuwait, Saudi to discuss bilateral ties


Prince Sultan, also the kingdom’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and the General Inspector, is due to hold talks, during his presence in Kuwait, with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and senior officials.

The mission falls within the framework of the distinctive, historic and brotherly ties binding the two brotherly countries. It also signals keenness of the two leaderships on holding continuous consultations on diverse affairs of common concern, in addition to supporting the work of the Gulf Cooperation Council (the GCC).

The Kuwaiti-Saudi relations have been based on a common history, language, culture and destiny. The two peoples lost blood of martyrs when they stood side by side in the face of the aggression by the ousted Iraqi regime more than 16 years ago. The kingdom had hosted the Kuwaiti people during the crisis and the Kuwaiti government in exile was set up in the Saudi resort of Al-Taif.

Prince Sultan has affirmed, on many occasions, depth of the bilateral ties that date back to 110 years ago. The foundations of these warm and close relations had been laid by the founder of the kingdom, King Abdel Aziz bin Saud, and the late Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah.

The coming prince is one of the leaders who have contributed in the process of modernization and development in the kingdom. He was named as the minister of defense, aviation and general inspector in 1962. His service in these posts was crucial for the development of the national armed forces.

In 1982, Prince Sultan was named the second deputy premier, in addition to the military portfolios, and in August 2005, he was appointed as the crown prince and the first deputy prime minister. Prince Sultan’s latest visit to Kuwait was in January 2006, when he congratulated Sheikh Sabah on his accession to power.


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