EU to open HQ in Kuwait on Sunday, bringing ties to higher levels

The 28-state European Union (EU) will inaugurate on Sunday headquarters of a mission in Kuwait – in a ceremony to be attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, a Foreign Ministry official announced on Thursday. Ambassador Walid Al-Khubaizi, the assistant foreign minister for European affairs, said in a statement that the inauguration ceremony would be attended by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Federica Mogherini, expected in the country on Saturday.

The event will signal a crucial stage in the history of bilateral relations between the State of Kuwait and the EU. Ambassador Al-Khubaizi has stated that the Kuwait-EU relations have greatly advanced, alongside greater coordination regarding diverse bilateral and international affairs.

Mogherini, during her stay in the country, will meet senior officials an discuss a host of global issues.

Last year, the EU announced the plan to ‘open a delegation in Kuwait’, bringing total number of the union missions throughout the world to 142. An EU press release in this respect had quoted Mogherini as praising Kuwait as an important partner the EU, for peace, security and prosperity in the country and the wider region.

Kuwait is the first country in the Gulf region with which the EEAS (European External Action Service) concluded a Cooperation Arrangement in 2016, and opening a new Delegation in Kuwait City will allow us to further step up our political, economic and sectoral engagement. Establishing a permanent presence in the country illustrates that we consider our partnership with the Kuwaiti people a priority.” This decision reflects the positive development of EU-Kuwait relations as well as the potential that exists for enhanced cooperation, in particular in support of Kuwait’s ‘Vision 2035’ as well as implementation of the EU-Kuwait Cooperation Arrangement.”

As the third EU Delegation to be established in the Gulf, following those in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2004) and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2013), the new delegation in Kuwait also signifies an important step to further strengthen the EU’s engagement in the (Gulf) region.