The Australian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Jonathan Gilbert hosted a reception in celebration of Australia Day at a local hotel on 27 January. Kuwait Assistant Foreign Minister for the Americas Reem Al-Khaled was the special guest on the occasion.
In his address to the gathering, Australian Ambassador Gilbert said, “Australia and Kuwait are keen on boosting bilateral relations on all possible domains. The two countries have great cooperation within the commercial, educational and food security levels.” He added that the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK), which has around 4,000 registered Kuwaiti students, is another indication of the strong relations between the two countries.
On the commercial level, Ambassador Gilbert stressed that Australia was a suitable partner for Kuwait in the area of food products especially with the increase of agriculture exports, and affirmed that his country was eager to cover the food security needs of Kuwait for the long term. Ambassador Gilbert also mentioned the security and military cooperation between Kuwait and his country, and emphasized that both countries support peace and security in the region and the world.
The diplomat also expressed his pride in Australian troops’ participation in the liberation of Kuwait from the Iraq invasion.
Australia Day is the official national day of Australia, and is celebrated annually on 26 January. The celebrations mark the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.