Kuwaiti foreign minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Senegalese foreign minister Mankeur Ndiaye have stressed the need to consolidate their bilateral relationship after addressing the second session of the joint Kuwaiti-Senegalese higher committee.

During the cordial session, the representatives of both countries outlined both the historic and present ties, recalling that in in 1991 Senegal participated in the war launched by the international coalition forces to liberate Kuwait following the Iraqi invasion in 1990.

“The Senegalese forces offered great sacrifices and services that will be immortal in the history of the Kuwaiti-Senegalese relations,” Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled noted.

Since then, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) had contributed funding to around 29 development projects in Senegal worth $110m benefitting its maritime capabilities and transport links and the industry, agriculture, water and sewerage sectors.

Already this year, the fund has provided $36m for the rehabilitation of the 115km-long Touba-Dahra-Linguere highway in a deal signed by Hamad Al-Omar, KFAED’s deputy director general, and Amadou Ba, Senegal’s Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning.

“Thus, we should work together to maintain cooperation and coordination in all different topics and issues that concern the two sides, especially as we are facing challenges and crises that pose a danger to all of us,” Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled explained.

The ministers also highlighted that both side share the same views on several international issues, and noted the continuous coordination between the two at international forums and in their respective applications for non-permanent membership at the UN Security Council.

They called for further efforts to upgrade the bilateral relations, and for the expansion of economic and trade relations to meet the demands and aspirations of both peoples.

They also specifically signed two cooperation agreements in the fields of sports and culture.

Kuwait’s Ambassador to Senegal, Mohammad Fadhel Khalaf, applauded the agreements, which he said prepares the ground for even more fruitful cooperation between the countries.

“Senegal comes next to the Arab countries in terms of the number of cooperation documents with Kuwait,” he said, adding that “though KFAED plays a growing role in development in Senegal, the bilateral trade is still below the aspirations of both sides and the level of exemplary political ties.”