Kuwait’s military attache elected as Dean of Defence Attache Corps in Belgium

By Nawab Khan

BRUSSELS, May 28 (KUNA) — Kuwait’s Military Attache in Belgium, Brigadier General Khaled Al-Ragem, has made history by becoming the first Attache from an Arab country to be elected as Dean of the Corps of Defence Attaches in a European country.
“It is my pleasure to become the first Defence Attache from an Arab country to hold such an important position, as a representative of Kuwait, and the Arab and Muslim worlds,” he told KUNA.
“This could not be possible without the guidance and directives of His Excellency the Minister of Defence of Kuwait Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, who taught us perseverance at work to achieve higher horizons,” said Al-Ragem.
“During my tenure I will do my best to explain to my European colleagues the situation in the Arab world and also try to remove the misunderstanding and misconceptions about Islam created by groups like IS (Daesh),” explained the Kuwaiti Brigadier General.
This position will be an opportunity to meet officials in Belgium, to bring and discuss new ideas, he noted.
This will also open doors to create stronger cooperation between the Arab world and Europe and to increase the exchange of information, expertise, and organise military exercises, said Al-Ragem, who will take over the responsibilities from the current Dean of military attaches in Belgium, Lieutenant Heino Matzken from Germany, during a handover ceremony in Brussels on June 3.
The duration of this post is four years. There are 67 Defence Attaches based in Belgium and they include Military, Naval and Air Attaches who are accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium. (end) nk.hb

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