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Kuwaiti embassy in the Hague marks National Day
February 22, 2014, 7:44 am
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Kuwait's Ambassador to the Netherlands, Hafedh Al-Ajmi, has underlined the strengthening of bilateral political economic and political relations between Kuwait and the Netherlands.

"I am very happy to celebrate the two dear events for the fourth time in this friendly country," he told Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, at the reception commemorating Kuwait's 53rd National Day and 23rd Liberation Day held here, late on Thursday.

"I use this opportunity to convey my warm greetings to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and to the people of Kuwait," he said.

"We see constant development of our ties with the Netherlands and this year we will celebrate 50 years of Dutch-Kuwait diplomatic relations," noted Al Ajmi and added that Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah has been invited by the Dutch Government to visit the country this year.

"A few months ago we organised a successful visit of Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans to Kuwait during which he signed an MoU between the two foreign ministries," said Al Ajmi.
Dutch-Kuwait trade exchanges are estimated at three billion euro yearly, he noted.

On his part, Gilles Beschoor Plug, Director of North Africa and the Middle East in the Dutch Foreign Ministry, said "I would like to congratulate Kuwait on behalf of the ministry of foreign affairs, the people, and the Government of Kuwait on its National Day, and specially the fact that we have 50 years of relations between Netherlands and Kuwait." "I think we should use this year to even more broaden our cooperation which is already extensive. Fifty years is a very nice celebration and I hope we can celebrate that with the visit of the minister of foreign affairs of Kuwait to Holland and broaden our trade and relations between the peoples," he told KUNA.

Henz Zweir, commander and aide-de-camp to the King of Netherland, Willem-Alexander, expressed his congratulations to Kuwait on its National Day.

The reception was attended by high-ranking Dutch Government officials, businessmen, and foreign and Arab heads of diplomatic missions as well as representatives of international organisations based in the Netherlands.

At the sidelines of the ceremony, the Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8), the international marketing arm of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, set up a stall and distributed gifts to the guests.
Kuwait Petroleum has a large refinery at the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.

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