Cyprus and Kuwait are embarking on a new turning point in relations

Cyprus and Kuwait are embarking on a new turning point in relations as delegations from both Parliaments decided to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris is in Kuwait for a four day official visit at the invitation of the Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, Marzouq A. Al-Ghanim.

Syllouris is heading a parliamentary delegation comprising members of the House (Democratic Rally), Irene Charalambidou (AKEL) Christiana Erotocritou (Democratic Party), Elias Myrianthous (EDEK) and Anna Theologou (Citizens Alliance).

The Cypriot speaker and his entourage were received by Sheikh Sabah IV Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait.

He also met Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al – Hamad Al – Sabah.

Speaking through an interpreter, Al-Ghanim expressed gratitude and recognition for everything that Cyprus has offered to Kuwait during the countrys invasion by Iraq.

He said undoubtedly, the Cypriot delegations visit will contribute greatly to strengthening relations between the two countries.

Just like the Emir had earlier said, Al-Ghanim added, Cyprus and Kuwait have a lot in common.

On his part, Syllouris said “I am sure that you will contribute in the same constructive manner so that this meeting will be a turning point in the already very good relations, making them even better, productive and yielding results”.

The two parliaments, he said, can also help the executive authority and business people as well as businesses to come closer in a more effective manner, pledging that he will work towards this.

Syllouris also said the Emir and the Prime Minister have already expressed their support on a number of issues. One useful proposal, he said, is for Kuwaiti Airlines to begin flying again to Cyprus as this would help in everything that the two countries are planning.

He further said the banks in Cyprus had many problems due to the financial crisis but now the situation is improving and investments are required to support real economy.

Regarding education and research issues, he said that these were raised during the earlier meetings with the Emir and the Prime Minister so they can act in securing recognition of Cypriot universities in Kuwait, enabling Kuwaitis to attend. It will also help in securing european programmes and student exchanges as well as sponsoring research on technology and other fields. He also said that Cypriot companies can become active in Kuwait while Kuwaitis can invest in tourism in Cyprus.

Al-Ghanim replied that the university recognition issue will be dealt with, according to the regulations in both countries but enabling students to study in Cyprus.

We will support decisions that have to do with Cyprus, he added.

Al-Ghanim hosted an official lunch for the Cypriot delegation and the two delegations exchanged presents. Tomorrow he will note their presence in Kuwait during the plenary session of the National Assembly.

Syllouris and his entourage on Tuesday will meet the Acting General Director of the Kuwait Investment Authority Farouk Bastaki and the islands Honorary Consul in Kuwait for the past 50 years, Fahd Al – Mojil before returning home on Wednesday.

Source: Cyprus News Agency