The fifteenth meeting of the biannual UK-Kuwait Joint Steering Group was held in Kuwait on 2 February 2020, co-chaired by the UK’s Minister for the Middle East, The Rt Hon Dr Andrew Murrison MP, and Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister, His Excellency Khalid Al Jarallah.
The ministers thanked officials for progress made during the work of the Joint Steering Group. Signing a formal action plan, they expressed their commitment to working together over the next 6 months to advance the close Kuwait-UK relationship to the benefit of both countries. The ministers also noted the success of the recent visit to Kuwait by the Duke of Cambridge in December 2019.
Ministers agreed to continue to collaborate on a wide range of issues, including trade, investment, migration, security, defence, cyber security, healthcare, education, higher education, scientific research, environment, culture and international development. Both sides highlighted the continued relevance of the Joint Steering Group to the bilateral relationship.
The discussions on defence focused on ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries especially on training and joint exercises. The discussions referred to Exercise Desert Warrior, which was held in December 2019 and was attended by HRH the Duke of Cambridge. Discussions on security focused on combating shared threats, including protecting aviation interests through improved airport security and training.
Both Dr Murrison and Mr Aljarallah attended the signing of an MoU between Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and UK Department for International Development to establish a framework for operational co-operation including identifying ways in which collaboration between them can contribute to the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and strengthen the global development efforts. They also attended the signing of an MoU between the Kuwait Society of Engineers KSE and the UK Engineering Council EngC , which will provide Membership to UK Chartered and Incorporated Engineers according to KSE requirements and the criteria needed to become members of KSE, EngC shall do the same according to EngC requirements and criteria needed for that.