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Prime Minister's meeting with Emir of Kuwait

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The Prime Minister welcomed the Emir of Kuwait to Downing Street.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

Earlier today the Prime Minister welcomed the Emir of Kuwait to Downing Street. The Prime Minister expressed his admiration of the deep-seated democratic traditions within Kuwait, which are a model for others in the region.

The Prime Minister emphasised the long-standing friendship between the UK and Kuwait, which dates back to the Treaty of Friendship in 1899, and was pleased this would be strengthened further during the State Visit. He remembered with pride the fact that British soldiers stood side-by-side with Kuwaitis in the first Gulf War of 1991.

Both leaders had a wide-ranging and vibrant discussion which covered the bilateral, defence and commercial relationship and regional foreign policy issues.

The Prime Minister welcomed Britain’s strong commercial ties with Kuwait and news that the Kuwaiti Investment Office has announced a long-term roadmap for investing in the UK, including in infrastructure projects and renewable energy.

The Prime Minister also reiterated the close cooperation the UK has with Kuwait on defence matters and welcomed the possibility of further opportunities for British companies in Kuwait.

They also discussed a range of topical regional issues, including Iraq, Bahrain and Syria. On Syria, they agreed on the importance of seeing an inclusive, political transition.