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Al-Shumaimri: Dutch-Kuwaiti judicial and legal cooperation growing
March 1, 2015, 3:28 pm

The first visit of Kuwaiti Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yaqoub Al-Sanea, to the Netherlands is a sign of growing and deeper cooperation between Kuwait and the Netherlands on the one hand, and on the other hand with the international judicial organisations based in the Netherlands, according to Tareq Al-Shumaimri, chairman of the financial committee of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).

"We got a lot of benefits from this visit of Minister Al Sanea," Al-Shumaimri who is also an observer at the administrative council of the PCA, told the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), in an interview.

Al-Sanea concluded yesterday his first visit to the Netherlands which was focused on strengthening security, judicial and counter terrorism cooperation between the two countries.

"In my position I am looking forward to do more not only for Kuwait but also for other Arab countries like the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and also for Asian countries to support them to boost cooperation with the PCA," said Al Shumaimri, noting that Asia is the biggest region represented in the PCA.

He recalled that two months earlier the board of judges from Kuwait visited the international judicial organisation based in the Netherlands to enrich their experiences. They also discussed the possibility of sending some judges from Kuwait to exchange their experiences between the courts in Kuwait and these organisations.

A 9-member delegation from Kuwait LawyersØ¢’ Association will be visiting the Netherlands from 7- 13 March following an invitation by Dutch Lawyers Association. They will visit nine different organisations including the International Criminal Court, the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, plus the world renowned Leiden university, he noted.

"Our goal is to upgrade cooperation between the Netherlands and Kuwait. We have 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. There are very strong political and economic ties so we would now also like to deepen Dutch-Kuwait relations in the legal and judicial fields," stressed Al-Shumaimri.

Al-Sanea Friday visited the Peace Palace which is home to a number of international judicial institutions, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the renowned Peace Palace Library, as well as the Hague Academy of International Law.

The head of the international department and first secretary of ICJ, Andrey Puskakukhin, briefed the Kuwait delegation about the history and the function of the world court. Later, the secretary general of the PCA, Hugo Siblesz, gave a presentation about the court followed by an in-depth discussion on ways to boost cooperation with Kuwait.

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