Kuwait, France eye closer parliamentary ties

The Kuwaiti National Assembly’s foreign affairs committee members discussed on Tuesday bilateral ties and means of promoting them with some lawmakers of France’s Senate. In a statement to KUNA, Abdulkarim Al-Kandari, the committee’s head, said the Kuwaiti parliamentary visit to France comes in response to an invitation by the French Senate and parliament to deepen relations between the two countries.

The delegation discussed some files with the French officials that included Kuwaitis’ affairs living in France and facilitation provided to them, he said. Some other topics pertaining to the region were covered between the two sides, he noted, stressing that the Kuwaiti parliament supports firmly His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s policy aiming to “heal the Gulf rift.”

The Kuwaiti parliament has a pivotal role in unifying efforts on GCC parliaments levels, as this needs support of some international parliaments like the French legislature, he pointed out. During the three-day visit, the delegation will hold meetings with Senate’s foreign affairs and some French MPs in the European Parliament, Al-Kandari said. Some topics of common concern were discussed by the Kuwaiti delegation, and head of the French Senate friendship group Jean-Marie Bockel, director of international relations and protocols of the Senate Philippe Adnot and Foreign Relations and head of defense and armed forces committee of the Senate Christian Cambon.

During the meetings, Kuwaiti MPs stressed the depth of relations between the two countries, mainly the parliament. The Kuwaiti lawmakers have several international dossiers, which concern French like issues of refugees, climate and environment as well as humanitarian. The delegation includes Al-Kandari, Abdulwahab AlBabtain and Abdullah Al-Enezi. They look forward that the upcoming visit of Senate’s chairman to Kuwait would help promote cooperation with the two side. They said the trade exchange between Kuwait and France hit US$700 million, hoping for increasing this number