Taking France-Kuwait strategic partnership to a new level
By Mujahid Iqbal
KUWAIT CITY: The French Embassy in Kuwait celebrated Bastille Day on July 14, the annual celebration of French national values summarized in the nation’s motto — Liberty Equality Fraternity. “After more than a year of an unprecedented pandemic, this motto seems even more valuable: We have been experiencing every day how our freedom – freedom to travel, to see our family, to work — depends on the solidarity of all and our capacity to face this crisis together. The pandemic has increased inequalities around the world and within our societies,” French Ambassador to Kuwait Anne-Claire Legendre said in a statement to mark this occasion.
“We were very happy to see Kuwait join the COVAX initiative launched by President Emmanuel Macron, in line with Kuwait’s generous legacy of supporting actively multilateralism. Despite all the difficulties created by the pandemic, much has been done to strengthen the excellent relationship France and Kuwait enjoy. 2021 marks the anniversary of our 60 years of friendship as France was one of the first countries to recognize the new independent state of Kuwait on August 28, 1961. It also marks the 30th anniversary of the participation of France and its 19,000 troops in the liberation of Kuwait,” said Legendre.
The ambassador revealed a strategic dialogue will take place at the ministerial level, for the very first time, and will tackle four priorities: Defense and security; culture and education; trade and investment, and health. She said she was happy to meet with the many Kuwaitis, especially among the talented young generation, that want to build ties with France, already share a passion for the French language, culture or fashion, thrived through French universities or visited France many times.
“On the basis of the latest health review, travelers from Kuwait are most welcome to France, provided they are fully vaccinated (two shots, from the four vaccines authorized in the EU) and carry a valid visa and a PCR test. You will be able to enjoy all the pleasures France has to offer, from restaurants and cafés, to museums and attractions such as EuroDisney, to shopping and enjoying our beautiful landscapes. We hope to see you in France very soon!” concluded Legendre.