Ambassador of Kuwait Khalaf Bu Dhhair called on the new Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris on 24 August, 2021.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Dhhair extended greetings from the Foreign Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and expressed the Government of Kuwait’s willingness to enhance bilateral trade and economic relations with the Government of Sri Lanka. Furthermore, the Ambassador Dhhair said that the Government of Kuwait was looking forward to employing skilled workers from Sri Lanka in the health and energy sectors.
Responding to the remarks made by the Ambassador Dhhair, Foreign Minister Peiris expressed that the Government of Sri Lanka and the State of Kuwait enjoy extremely cordial relations and during his tenure, was looking forward to strengthening Sri Lanka’s relations with the Gulf countries. Minister Peiris also conveyed the Sri Lankan Government’s appreciation to the Emir of Kuwait for the donation granted by the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society for the COVID – 19 emergency health sector requirements. The Minister Peiris also noted the valuable support extended by Kuwait to the Government to Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council and other multilateral forums.
Foreign Minister Peiris and the Ambassador Dhhair discussed the possibilities of further expanding the Trade and Investment ties between both countries into new areas such as energy, hotel and tourism and urban housing projects through a partnership between public and private sector institutions. They also noted that there were new areas of bilateral cooperation that are yet to be explored such as Tourism, Health and Energy sectors which would be mutually beneficial in strengthening the already existing cordial relations between the two countries.
Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage and senior officials of the Foreign Ministry also participated at the meeting.
24 August, 2021