UNITED NATIONS, May 18 (KUNA) — The State of Kuwait and Grenada have decided to establish diplomatic relations in line with joint desire to promote friendly ties and cooperate in political, economic and cultural sectors.
A joint statement in this respect was signed here by the Permanent Delegate of Kuwait at the UN, Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi and Grenada’s Foreign Minister Nickolas Steele.
Governments of the two countries have taken the move for service of the two states’ national interests and in affirmation of the two sides’ abidance by objectives and principles of the UN for safeguarding international peace and security.
In a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) and Kuwait Television after signing the joint statement, Ambassador Al-Otaibi expressed satisfaction for establishing these ties, noting that the step was in line with Kuwait’s policy of openness with states of the globe, namely small countries in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Kuwait has recently established diplomatic relations with around nine countries, several in these two regions.
Kuwait and Grenada have maintained coordination at some levels since the 70s, and Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has had projects in this country for a long time.
Noting Kuwait’s desire to cooperate with Grenada in the economic and investment sectors, Ambassador Al-Otaibi indicated that the Gulf state desires to coordinate with this country regarding various crucial issues of global ramifications, tackled by the UN.
Kuwait and Grenada cooperate as members in several organizations, namely the Non-Aligned Movement, the 77-Group+China, addressing various questions of common interest such as sustainable development and climatic change.
Ambassador Al-Otaibi expressed desire to take further steps to consolidate the ties with Grenada, such as naming a non-resident Kuwaiti ambassador to the country and establising an embassy for it in the Gulf country.
He added that Minister Steele informed him that his country desires to have diplomatic representation in Kuwait, indeed, and looks forward to charge the diplomatic mission in Kuwait with Grenada’s interests in all Gulf and Arab states.
After the signing ceremony, Steele told KUNA and Kuwait TV that establishing relations between the two countries “is actually important to our country and to me personally,” adding that when Grenada opens an embassy or Trade Mission in Kuwait, it will be the first in the region.
He recalled that the relationship between the two countries, through the Kuwaiti Fund, dates from many decades ago.
He indicated that it was “appropriate that we also formalize the relations between the two countries so that we can go from strong to stronger, not just from the assistance that we have received from the Kuwaiti Fund, but in getting the governments and peples together.
“I truly hope and expect from our signing of the Joint Communique today that we will have more technical and cultural exchanges, trade, and technical assistance from Kuwait in our petroleum exploration”, he added.
Steele expressed his country’s desire to open an embassy or a Trade Mission in the region, but “we have our challenges in terms of budgetary constraints,” adding that “my hope and expectation is that in signing the Joint communiqué today, we can push forward with our relations and quite possibly have that Mission open in Kuwait as soon as possible, and it will be Grenada’s first embassy or Mission in the region.”
Grenada is an island country at the southern end of the Caribbean Sea. It is known as the “Island of Spice” because of the production of nutmeg and mace crops of which Grenada is one of the world’s largest exporters.
Its economy is based on tourism. Its size is 344 square kilometers, with an estimated population of 110,000. Its capital is St. George.