German embassy holds luncheon for press

German Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Stefan Möbs held a luncheon meeting with journalists last week to thank them for their continued support to the embassy. In his remarks to the gathering, Ambassador Möbs described the relations between Germany and Kuwait as special and developed at various levels.

He added that relations at the political and economic levels were very good and pointed to the very large Kuwaiti investments in Germany. He mentioned that the trade exchanges between the two countries were also excellent.

Pointing to the visit made by his country’s foreign minister to Kuwait in the past month, he emphasized the signing of the joint cooperation agreement between Germany and Kuwait that was aimed at enhancing cooperation to improve joint work between the two countries.

Highlighting the achievements of the two countries during their non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council during the current year, Ambassador Möbs remarked that Kuwait was working with Germany on various bilateral and international levels. He pointed to the joint international projects that have resulted in passing several resolutions, including on women, peace and security to make the world a more peaceful place

He elaborated that humanitarian projects were being worked out between the two countries in the Security Council under the framework of the United Nations and through the High Commissioner for Refugees, emphasizing that Kuwait is a strong partner of his country in humanitarian work.

He explained that his country, for historical reasons, was able to understand the extent of the need for teamwork to achieve peace and humanitarian work, and this is what it is doing now with Kuwait and other countries.

Highlighting the important and pioneering role of Kuwait in developing and supporting the Gulf Cooperation Council, he underscored that Kuwait plays an important role at the regional level.

He also mentioned that his country will take over the presidency of the European Union during the next two years.

Revealing that last year the German embassy issued approximately 55,000 visas to Kuwaitis and other residents of Kuwait, he admitted that this year the number was in a slight decline due to the developments and reforms affecting the Kuwaiti health office in Germany, and this has led to a decline in the issuance of visas. He stressed that he will work to increase the number of visas issued during his tenure in Kuwait and provide all facilities for patients wishing to be treated in Germany, as the country offers various healthcare benefits, as well as to increase the number of Kuwaiti students wanting to study in Germany.

Regarding the possibility of any official visits by German officials to Kuwait in the near future, Ambassador Möbs said, “This year witnessed a visit by the German Foreign Minister as well as a visit to the German Deputy Parliament, and we expected an important visit of a high-level figure to Kuwait, but it was postponed and we hope that it will take place during the next year.”