His Highness PM's S. Korea visit to further ties – Amb.

By Ibrahim Ehmayed

SEOUL, May 7 (KUNA) — The anticipated visit of His Highness the Premier Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to Seoul tomorrow (Sunday) reflects mutual desire to further relations in all domains, Kuwait’s Ambassador to South Korea Jassem Al-Bedaiwi said Saturday.
“The significant magnitude and variation of the Kuwaiti delegation accompanying His Highness the Premier embodies Kuwait’s true will in developing relations with the Korean side in vital and important sectors that would serve interests of both,” Ambassador Al-Bedaiwi told KUNA.
During the visit, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak will hold talks with South Korean leaders on prospects bilateral relations, particularly in the economic, energy and investment fields. His Highness the Premier’s visit is part of an Asian tour that already included Bangladesh and Vietnam, and will end with Japan.
“South Korea is a role model that Kuwait seeks to learn from to execute its 2035 vision. The Korean side showed utmost readiness to cooperate with Kuwait in many areas and lend its experience in a clear and transparent manner,” noted the Ambassador.
During the four-day visit, His Highness the Premier will meet with President Park Geun-hye, counterpart Hwang Kyo-ahn, as well as meeting chairpersons of Korean firms operating in Kuwait, noted Al-Bedaiwi.
He added that the delegation will also visit Severance Hospital of the Yonsei University Health System; one of the oldest and biggest university hospitals in South Korea, as well as visiting the parliament.
Both sides are scheduled to sign a MoU on healthcare, “With Kuwait’s desire to send patients to receive treatment in South Korea, as well as dispatching Kuwaiti doctors for medical training there,” the Ambassador pointed out.
Another MoU on education is expected to be inked, as Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Bader Al-Essa is scheduled to visit a number of educational and academic institutions, he said.
On the South Korean construction expertise, Al-Bedaiwi said a MoU on establishing ‘smart cities’ will be signed between the two countries. “The visit of Minister of State for Housing Affairs Yesser Abul to South Korea last March laid the foundation for this cooperation,” he noted.
On military cooperation, the Ambassador said the visit would represent “the first step in military training and technology.” The business delegation accompanying His Highness the Premier will hold an expanded meeting with Korea International Trade Association to discuss potential investment ventures and build on outcomes of the March 2015 Kuwait economic forum and the November 2015 Seoul economic forum.
Political regional and international issues are also to be discussed during the visit, mainly Yemen, Syria, counterterrorism and North Korea’s nuclear file. (end) anj.hb

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