Mauritania, Kuwait poised to bolster their cooperation

Mauritania and Kuwait are poised to bolster their cooperation in environment, communication and culture.

To this end, the two countries signed agreements on these sectors Tuesday as President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz was paying a state visit to the Gulf country.

The Mauritanian leader, who left Kuwait City this Wednesday, met with Kuwaiti ruler Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

He was flanked by a strong delegation including his ministers of foreign affairs, finance and environment and sustainable development.

Mauritania and Kuwait have been tied by several agreements that date back to 70s but ties between the two countries witnessed a period of distrust during the regime of former Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahamed Tayeh who had vexed Kuwait by condoning its annexation (August 2-5, 1990) by Iraq’s late President Saddam Hussein.

The two countries later on restored their diplomatic relations and Kuwait invested billions of dollars in the North African country.

In 2018, Kuwait lent Mauritania $34 million earmarked to support a power project in South-East regions of the African country.

In 2016, Kuwait agreed to inject nearly $17 million into Mauritania’s Caisse de Dépôt et de Développement (CDD).

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