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During the meeting, HR/VP Mogherini commended the instrumental efforts of H.H. Emir Sabah in promoting a peaceful solution to the Yemeni conflict by hosting UN-facilitated talks in Kuwait City. The HR/VP and Deputy Minister Al-Jarallah discussed ways to swiftly promote a negotiated and inclusive political settlements in Yemen by working with all the parties, the UN and regional actors.
HRVP Mogherini and Deputy Foreign Minister Al-Jarallah welcomed the fruitful outcome of the EU-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Joint Council and Ministerial meeting held the previous day in Brussels.
They also discussed ways to strengthen relations between the European Union and the State of Kuwait.
They seized this opportunity to formally sign a Cooperation Arrangement between the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This Arrangement aims to complement the implementation of the EU-GCC Cooperation Agreement of 1988 by fostering cooperation between the EEAS and the Ministry, by ways of increased exchanges between officials and efforts to promote regular political dialogue and concrete cooperation initiatives.
EU-Kuwait relations take place in the framework of the EU-GCC Cooperation Agreement concluded in 1988 (hyperlink). The EU Delegation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is also accredited to the State of Kuwait. Two way trade in goods totalled €10.2 billion in 2015 with a positive trade balance of €1.8 billion in the EU's favour.