‘Belt and Road’ initiative fulfills Kuwait’s strategic vision, says ambassador

Kuwait's Ambassador to China Samih Jowhar Hayat.

Kuwait’s Ambassador to China Samih Jowhar Hayat reiterated Friday Kuwait’s support for the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, which coincides with its own strategic vision, in making a safe strategic corridor, a huge trade forum, and a core of a network of iron lines starting from China and ending in Jerusalem through Central Asia and strategic countries.

Ambassador Hayat made his remarks to KUNA, on the sidelines of the second session of Road and Road Initiative forum, which was launched in Beijing yesterday under the patronage and attendance of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kuwait is the first country in the world to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in cooperation with China regarding the “Belt and Road” initiative after it was announced in September 2013, Hayat said.

“Under the guidance of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Chairman of the Supreme Planning Council and Head of the Supreme Council of the North Economic Zone, Kuwait attaches great importance to this forum.

The ambassador noted that Kuwait will sign two MoUs between the two governments, one with China Development Government Bank, which is related to development, construction and consultative cooperation, and the second with the State Urban Planning Commission, which is related to the organization of consultative planning.

“Participation of Kuwait in the second session of the forum comes amid the participation of many heads of state and government, ministers and academics from more than 160 countries along the Silk Road.” “The forum will discuss ways to enhance cooperation, build a platform for cooperation and resolve problems facing the global and regional economy, and inject new energy to further develop interrelated development,” Hayat added.

He expressed his great confidence in the success of this session in pushing forward cooperation and coordination in reviving the historic Silk Road, which links different societies and cultures within a clear system based on trade and investment exchanges.