Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, for a landmark visit to discuss key bilateral and regional issues. Sheikh Sabah, on his first visit to Iran as head of state, was welcomed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif upon his arrival at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport on Sunday.
The Kuwaiti Emir is making the two-day visit at the head of a high-level delegation comprising the ministers of foreign affairs, oil, finance, commerce and industry in addition to other senior officials.
He is visiting the Islamic Republic upon an official invitation by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.
Addressing reporters at the airport, the Iranian foreign minister said Tehran attaches great significance to ties with Kuwait and expressed hope that the Kuwaiti Emir's trip would "open a new chapter for the expansion of cooperation" between the two countries.
"We have historical and common interests with Kuwait and grounds are prepared for the expansion of relations," Zarif added.
In a statement released on Monday, Kuwait's cabinet expressed hope that Sheikh Sabah's visit would strengthen "security, stability and peace in the region," and upgrade Iran-Kuwait bilateral cooperation in various fields.
Iran-Kuwait sign six cooperation MoUs
Tehran, June 1, Islamic Republic News Agency - In the presence of Iranˈs President Hassan Rouhani and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, six cooperation Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed.
After bilateral talks between President Rouhani and Kuwaiti Emir in Saˈadabad historical and cultural compound, a signing ceremony was held at the place.
An MoU on aerial transportation was signed by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Kuwaiti counterpart Sabah al-Khaled al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
Customs cooperation MoU was signed by Iranˈs Economic and Finance Minister Ali Tayyebnia and Kuwaiti Minister of Finance Anas Khaled al-Saleh.
Sports cooperation MoU was signed by Iranˈs Minister of Sports and Youth Mahmoud Goudarzi and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah al-Khaled al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
An MoU on tourist cooperation was signed by Vice-President and Head of Iranˈs Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Masoud Sultanifar and Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdulmohsen Al-Madaj.
Vice-President and Head of Department of Environment (DoE) Maˈsoumeh Ebtekar and Kuwaiti Oil Minister Ali Saleh Al-Omeir signed an environmental MoU.
Also, a security MoU was signed by Foreign Ministers of the both countries.
Supreme Leader: Good neighborly ties among Persian Gulf states guarantee regional security
Tehran, June 2, Islamic Republic News Agency - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that security of the Persian Gulf is bound to the good neighborly and healthy relations among the regional countries. He made the remarks in a meeting with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
The Supreme Leader said that the Persian Gulf and its security were two very significant issues.
He stressed that Iran, as always before, is pursuing healthy ties with its Persian Gulf neighbors.
The Leader further noted that proximity and good relations among countries will benefit the whole region while animosity will only please their common enemies.
He said that the Israeli occupying regime dares to do shameless behavior due to the absence of good relations among the regional countries and that Iran has always been dealing with regional countries with tolerance.
The Supreme leader said that expansion of ties between Kuwait and Iraq will be to the interests of all regional countries.
Turning to the situation in Syria, Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran will endorse whatever the Syrian nation opts for in the democratic election.
The Supreme Leader touched upon the threat Takfiri groups are posing to the whole region and regretted that certain regional countries fail to recognize the danger they will have to confront in the future by financing the terrorists.
The Leader said that certain regional countries were encouraging crime and massacre in Syria by Takfiri groups by supporting them but they will eventually have to crush them.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that ground is prepared for further promotion of economic cooperation between the two countries.
The Kuwaiti Emir voiced his country's readiness to open up a new chapter in mutual relations.
He said during his talks in Tehran, the two countries agreed to enhance level of economic and trade relations.
Kuwait Emir wraps up visit to Tehran
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah left Tehran on Monday following a two-day stay in the Iranian capital. He was officially seen off by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
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