Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber during their meeting on Tuesday 22 February, 2022. Photo courtesy Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Facebook page.
El-Sisi made the remarks in a meeting on Tuesday with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber as part of his official visit to Kuwait, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.
This is the first visit by El-Sisi to Kuwait after Sheikh Nawaf took office in September 2020.
During the meeting, the Kuwaiti emir hailed Egypt’s role in enhancing Arab joint work in facing the current crises and challenges in the region.
The emir hailed Egypt’s efforts in this regard as an example to be followed in preserving stability and advancing the economic, development, and social situations in the Arab world.
Sheikh Nawaf also praised Egypt’s support for Kuwait on all levels and the contributions made by the Egyptian community in Kuwait in construction and development efforts in various fields.
More than 500,000 Egyptians currently work in Kuwait.
El-Sisi and Sheikh Nawaf also discussed a number of regional and Arab issues of mutual concern as well as ongoing efforts to counter terrorism and extremist thought and spread the culture of tolerance and moderation in the region.
The two leaders agreed to continue coordination on various challenges facing the region in a way that meets the aspirations of the region’s people for a peaceful and stable life.
They also discussed the two countries’ efforts to boost bilateral cooperation, especially in light of the upcoming Egyptian-Kuwaiti joint committee meeting in Cairo as well as the meeting of the joint consular committee.
In January, Egypt expressed aspirations to host the 13th session of the Egyptian-Kuwaiti meeting this year, chaired by the foreign ministers of the two countries.
Egypt and Kuwait signed an agreement to form their joint committee in 1995 as part of dozens of agreements signed by the two countries to enhance their partnership in all fields.
The two countries held the 12th session of the joint meeting in December 2018, where they signed many cooperation protocols in different fields, including security, sports, manpower, culture, and education.
Sisi meets with Kuwaiti crown prince
During his Tuesday visit, El-Sisi also met with Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber, where he affirmed Egypt’s keenness to boost cooperation with Kuwait on all levels.
El-Sisi also called for continued coordination with Kuwait on the developments in the Middle East, affirming that the Egyptian-Kuwaiti coordination represents a mainstay for achieving regional stability and a major pillar of Egyptian policy priorities.
The president is also met with Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, according to the Kuwaiti state's news agency KUNA.
Egypt and Kuwait have shared warm relations on all levels for decades.
Kuwait has maintained firm support for Egypt’s water rights in the dispute with Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Last December, Egypt and Kuwait marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations in a celebration that was held at the Kuwaiti embassy in Cairo.
In a message delivered on his behalf at the event, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said that bilateral relations between the two countries “have been and will remain a unique model on all levels.”
Since 1961, Egypt and Kuwait have signed 105 agreements to enhance cooperation and promote their strategic partnership, Kuwait’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah said in a virtual speech during the celebration.
Trade exchange between the two countries stood at $364 million in 2020, while the Kuwaiti public sector’s investments in Egypt amounted to $5.4 billion and the Kuwaiti private sector’s investments exceeded $10 billion, according to the Kuwaiti foreign minister.