India, Kuwait to set up Joint Commission to strengthen bilateral ties
The decision shows the desire of the two countries to enhance and deepen the ties of fraternity and friendship
In a move aimed at further strengthening relations between the two countries, India and Kuwait on Thursday decided to set up a Joint Commission to boost cooperation in diverse fields.
The Joint Commission will formulate strategy to strengthen relations in the fields of Energy, Trade, Economy, Investment, Human Resources, Manpower and Labour, Finance, Skills, Culture, Science & Technology, Information Technology, Health, Education, Defense and Security.
This showed the desire of the two countries to "enhance and deepen the ties of fraternity and friendship, and support ways of cooperation in all fields in service of the common objectives of both countries," India and Kuwait said in a Joint Statement announcing the decision.
The Joint Statement was issued after discussions between Kuwait's Foreign Minister Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah and India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi.
Joint Commission Meetings (JCM) will be held regularly to review all bilateral matters, the statement said.
The commission will also review agreements concluded between the two countries and find suitable solutions for any issues in their implementation.
The Joint Statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs pointed out that existing working groups and dialogue mechanisms shall be brought under the umbrella of the Commission.
The Joint Commission Meeting will be co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait and the Minister of External Affairs of India.
These meetings will also be attended by ministers or senior officials representing them and may include in its participation experts concerned with subjects of cooperation that the Commission undertakes to discuss, the statement said.
The Joint Commission Meeting will be held in each country alternately, at a mutually agreed time.
The two countries agreed that the Joint Commission may consider establishing new Joint Working Groups as appropriate.
These groups will focus on Trade and Investment; Defense, Security and Maritime Cooperation; Science, Technology and Information Technology; Education and Skills Development; Culture, Tourism and Hospitality.
The Joint Working Groups shall meet regularly, in-person or through video-conferencing as the situation demands, the statement said, adding that their reports will be presented at the Joint Commission Meeting.