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The President Meets with Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanem

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The President Meets with Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanem

Today at Cheong Wa Dae, President Park Geun-hye met with Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanem and his delegation, who are visiting Korea at the invitation of Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa. They discussed a variety of issues, including relations with North Korea, the results from President Park’s visit to Kuwait in March this year and the implementation of follow-up measures, cooperation between the two National Assemblies, cultural and people-to-people exchanges and ways to enhance bilateral collaboration.
Saying that Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent his regards, Speaker Al-Ghanim remarked that the Amir and people of Kuwait became increasingly interested in Korea in the wake of President Park’s visit to the country. He went on to say that he was very pleased that what had been agreed upon between the two sides during her visit was being crystallized in various regions and fields.
Speaker Al-Ghanim also said that Kuwait was in full support of the Korean Government’s policy toward North Korea and would continue to stand by its side. He went on to say that the Government, National Assembly and people of Kuwait were all strongly against North Korean provocations such as its nuclear development and mid- to long-range missile launches.
He continued to make comparisons between South and North Korea by saying that the South constructed bridges and ports around the world while the North was digging infiltration tunnels; the South constructed world-renowned buildings while the North was only bent on domestic political activities; and businesses in the South competed with world-class companies like Microsoft and Apple while the North was making bombs.
In addition, Speaker Al-Ghanim stressed the importance of an economic partnership between Kuwait and Korea, the country with which it is closest among Asian nations, and said Kuwait treasured the relationship. He cited the solid trust and the many things the two countries shared in common as the reasons.
Speaker Al-Ghanim gave a high evaluation of the smooth implementation of what had been agreed upon through the MOU on the occasion of the March summit. Commenting on the planned visit of the health minister of his country to Korea next month, he continued to say that he was particularly pleased to see rapid progress in cooperation in healthcare. He also said that the Kuwaiti National Assembly would take necessary legislative measures so that Korean doctors would be able to treat patients in Kuwait and that Kuwaiti patients could be treated in Korea.
Welcoming the Speaker, President Park asked him to relay her regards to Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The President continued to ask for the cooperation of the Kuwaiti National Assembly to ensure the implementation of various agreements for the enhancement of bilateral cooperation as planned. Saying that Kuwait`s strong support for the Korean Government`s North Korea policy was reassuring, the President requested continuous support.
President Park said that the biggest achievements of her state visit to Kuwait in March were to reconfirm the confidence that runs deep between the two nations and to build a consensus on concrete directions of future cooperation. The President continued by saying that it was very meaningful for the two countries to agree to expand bilateral cooperation, going beyond the traditional sphere of energy and construction, into various other areas, including healthcare and medical services, transportation, IT and smart grids.
Noting that she concurred on the importance of carrying out matters agreed upon during the summit with the Amir, the President expressed her appreciation to the Speaker for taking an interest in putting follow-up measures into practice. Among other things, the President said that she looked forward to the early implementation of the agreement on mutual recognition of driver`s licenses and the exemption of visa fees.
President Park noted that Korea and Kuwait shared several common characteristics, having both developed into parliamentary democracies and earned recognition as model countries for their active efforts within the international community. She said that the trust the two countries have built up through mutual exchanges was the most valuable asset in their relationship and that she hoped their National Assemblies would further expand cooperation on this basis.
President Park next said she was pleased Korean companies were contributing to Kuwait’s national development through participation in multiple projects, including in the petroleum sector, bridge construction, port construction and desalination plant construction. Recalling Amir Sheikh Sabah’s remark during her visit that Korean companies in Kuwait were trustworthy, causing not even the slightest problems, the President expressed her gratitude at the country’s confidence in its Korean partners.
President Park also said she looked forward to stronger cooperation with Kuwait in infrastructure as well as new sectors like smart grids, IT and cybersecurity. Speaker Al-Ghanim welcomed the cooperative measures proposed by the President and said he also looked forward to active cooperation with Korea, particularly in housing construction.
President Park emphasized the importance of cultural and people-to-people exchanges for forward-looking development of bilateral relations. She mentioned the popularity of K-pop among Kuwaiti young people, saying she hoped this kind of cultural exchange would grow, strengthening the rapport between young people in the two countries and continuing to bring them closer.

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