Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Senior officials from the European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ended Tuesday afternoon their annual political dialogue after taking stock of developments in the Arab world and Europe.
Kuwait’s ambassador to the EU, Nabeela Al-Mulla described the outcome of the meeting as “very good.” Speaking to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) and to Kuwait TV, she said they discussed the developments not only in the region but also what is happening in the EU.
The Kuwaiti delegation at the meeting referred to the issue of Eastern Sudan and the international conference which was hosted in Kuwait on the issue.
“We also spoke about the economic crisis in Europe. We are not here only to explain our positions but the other side must also explain a number of issues on their side, ” she said.
“There are things which are not positive that are taking place in Europe such as Islamophobia and spread of extremism,” said Al-Mulla.
“The political dialogue between us continues and from here on now we are looking forward to the EU-GCC ministerial Council in Abu Dhabi on April 20,” she added.
Al-Mulla noted the joint cooperation committee met in Brussels Monday and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in 13 sectors including energy, economic, trade, education, tourism, environment between the 27-member European bloc and the six-member GCC.