Ambassador of Switzerland H.E. Dr. Benedict Gubler hosted a reception at his residence on 23 October, to commemorate his country’s National Day. Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs Ambassador Amal Al-Hamad was the chief-guest on the occasion, which was also attended by members of the diplomatic corps, Kuwaiti officials, special invitees and media personnel.
In his address to the gathering, the Swiss Ambassador H.E. Benedict Gubler lauded the excellent relations between Switzerland and Kuwait that is built on solid foundations of trust, mutual respect and understanding. He pointed out that the high-level exchanges between the two countries reflect the depth and development of these relations.
Touching on his stay in Kuwait, he mentioned that he seeks to strengthen bilateral relations between Swiss and Kuwait, including economic and trade relations, and push them forward to broader horizons that benefit them both. He explained that he was impressed by the high and outstanding educational level of Kuwaiti youth, and highlighted his country’s readiness to share its scientific expertise with Kuwait, as well as to support and enhance academic cooperation.
On the celebrations of the 728th anniversary of the founding of the Swiss Confederation, Ambassador H.E. Benedict Gubler remarked that in 1291, three countries united against the foreign presence in their territories, and added that Geneva has a great humanitarian history, as well as being the seat of many international organizations. He mentioned that his country is ready to provide mediation efforts as part of its political history to contribute to the security and stability of the world.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the function, Ambassador Al-Hamad remarked that Kuwait seeks to woo European investments, especially from Switzerland, to implement the New Kuwait 2035 Vision.
Pointing out that Kuwaiti investments in Switzerland are currently estimated at over US$10 billion, Ambassador Al-Hamad added that Kuwait is looking forward to building closer commercial and economic relations with Switzerland, particularly in expanding cooperation in various domains such as culture, education, and healthcare.