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KUWAIT: (Left) HH the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sees off Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq at the isrport at the end of his two-day state visit on May 14, 2024. (Right) Sultan Haitham visits the Al-Salam Palace Museum. - KUNA photos
KUWAIT: (Left) HH the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sees off Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq at the isrport at the end of his two-day state visit on May 14, 2024. (Right) Sultan Haitham visits the Al-Salam Palace Museum. - KUNA photos

Omani Sultan concludes Kuwait visit

Sultan Haitham visits Al-Salam Palace Museum • Kuwait, Oman ink four MoUs to boost cooperation

KUWAIT/MUSCAT: Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq returned to Muscat Tuesday after a two-day state visit to Kuwait. HH the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and senior state officials saw off the Sultan and his accompanying delegation at the airport. During the visit, Sultan Haitham and HH the Amir touched on bilateral ties and boosting cooperation between the two countries, said Oman’s news agency.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sultan Haitham and the accompanying delegation visited the Al-Salam Palace Museum. HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, head of the honorary delegation, accompanied Sultan Haitham during his visit. At the museum, the Sultan was received by Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah. During the tour of the museum, Sultan Haitham was shown historical artefacts and documents related to the history and culture of Kuwait, as well as the grand halls located in Al-Salam Palace, which previous Kuwaiti Amirs frequented. At the end of the tour, Sultan Haitham signed the register of honor at the museum.

Kuwait and Oman on Monday signed four memoranda of understanding for furthering industrial, investment, economic and diplomatic cooperation.

The memos were signed on the sidelines of the Kuwaiti-Omani trade and investment forum held at the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the occasion of Sultan Haitham’s state visit to Kuwait. The signed memos deal with cooperation in standardization, direct investment, diplomatic studies and training, as well as cooperation between the Kuwait Investment Authority and the Omani Investment Authority.

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Speaking during the forum, Kuwait’s Minister of Trade and Industry and Minister of State for Communications Affairs Omar Al-Omar said trade relations between the two Arabian Gulf countries have been remarkably developed over the past years. He noted the value of non-oil trade exchange between the two countries reached over KD 124 million ($403.2 million) in 2023, compared to KD 103 million ($334.9 million) in 2022, up 20.4 percent.

“This reflects the strength and diversity of trade relations and their continuous growth and development,” Omar said. He stated the forum serves as a platform for exchanging visions and ideas; exploring investment opportunities; discussing challenges and obstacles facing investors; and putting forward recommendations for improving trade and investment exchange.

He stressed Kuwait’s keenness to overcome the challenges and difficulties that may face Omani companies wishing to enter the Kuwaiti market and to facilitate the entry of Kuwaiti companies into the Omani market. In his speech, the Omani Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion Qais Al-Yousef said the forum, attended by an elite group of business owners from both sides, is the best evidence of the two countries’ interest in enhancing trade and investment cooperation.

The Sultanate of Oman seeks to diversify its imports and enhance its exports, he said, urging business owners from both sides to explore the emerging opportunities in the Omani and Kuwaiti markets. Yousef pointed out that the two governments seek to provide all facilities, incentives and capabilities to allow the private sector to contribute to achieving prosperity and sustainable growth in the two countries. He affirmed that the sisterly State of Kuwait is a vital strategic partner for the Sultanate of Oman. – KUNA

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