Joint Statement between the State of Kuwait and Japan

Upon the kind invitation of His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, His Excellency Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, paid an official visit to the State of Kuwait accompanied by a high-level delegation from April 30 to May 1, 2007.

HE Mr. Shinzo Abe expressed his deep appreciation for the kind welcome given to him and his delegation, and extended a formal invitation for HH Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, to visit Japan at a time of mutual convenience. HH Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al Ahmed Al Sabah kindly accepted the invitation.

  1. HE Mr. Shinzo Abe and his accompanying delegation were honored to meet with HH Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait, and HH Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait.
  2. At a later time, formal discussions were held between the State of Kuwait and Japan, during which HH Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al Ahmed Al Sabah chaired the Kuwaiti side, while the Japanese side was chaired by HE Mr. Shinzo Abe.
  3. The two sides expressed their extreme satisfaction with the prominent development in the Japan-Kuwait relations since the visit of HH Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait, to Japan in 2004. The two sides confirmed their determination to promote these prosperous relations, and noted the importance of the visit of HE Mr. Shinzo Abe to the State of Kuwait as it provides a historic opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. Both sides decided to coordinate with each other to promote a joint project in 2011 on the occasion of the coming 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between them.
  4. Both sides expressed their satisfaction with the development in the procession of bilateral relations between them in various fields, especially commercial and economic relations, and commended the role played by the Kuwaiti-Japanese Businessmen's Committee. The two sides expressed their intention to form a Joint Committee between the two governments to discuss ways of further increasing cooperation in all fields, particularly the economic and commercial fields.
  5. The two sides reiterated their common view that the stability of the world oil market is a cornerstone for the sound and sustainable growth of the world economy. In this regard, Japan expressed its appreciation for the significant role of Kuwait as a main oil producing and exporting country. The Kuwaiti side expressed its commitment to assure steady and stable oil supplies to Japan. The Japanese side also expressed its willingness to enhance technical cooperation and other support for the upstream and other oil sectors in Kuwait. The Kuwaiti side, in response, expressed its appreciation for such cooperation and support. The two sides confirmed the importance of the continued such cooperation between the two countries and appreciated the excellent role played by Arabian Oil Company (AOC) in this respect. The two leaderships decided to further promote the bilateral cooperation in the energy field.
  6. The two sides believe that securing stable supplies of electricity and water is one of the most important challenges to achieve sustainable economic and social development. From this standpoint, the two sides decided to reinforce their bilateral cooperation based on the Japanese long-term experience and its advanced technology in the field of conservation of energy and water, management of energy and alternative energy sources.
  7. The two sides welcomed the significant progress of the negotiations regarding the Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income; they also welcomed the great development witnessed in the negotiations between Japan and the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regarding the Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The two sides expressed their determination to reach an agreement in principle as soon as possible. The Kuwaiti side expressed its desire to start the negotiation for an agreement on promotion and mutual protection of investments between the two countries.
  8. The Kuwaiti side expressed its appreciation for the continued bilateral cooperation between both countries in the field of environmental projects that began with the "Initiative for Kuwait-Japan Cooperation on Environmental Issues and Technology Transfer" in December 2002, of which achievements were the Environmental Rehabilitation of Kuwait Bay, the Modernization of Oil Industry and the Human resources Development Program. The Kuwaiti side expressed its appreciation for the Master Plan of the Environment Protection Policy of the State of Kuwait in November 2004. Both sides expressed their willingness to promote and support the KIDS ISO 14000 Program in Kuwait in a consistent manner.
  9. In a similar vein, the two sides confirmed that the international community should share common but differentiated responsibilities regarding the global warming issue. In this regard, the Japanese side expressed its intention to promote its cooperation at both governmental and private levels to face the global warming. Recognizing the benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) that contributes to combating the global warming as well as achieving sustainable development in Kuwait, both sides affirmed the importance of the role played by the private sector in promoting CDM projects.
  10. The two sides demonstrated their wholehearted satisfactions with the ongoing educational cooperation and personal exchanges between the two countries, especially the training programs for Kuwaiti educationists offered by the Government of Japan, the opening of a Japanese language course at Kuwait University's Center for Community Service & Continuing Education and the round-tables for returned Kuwaiti student from Japan hosted by the Embassy of Japan in the State of Kuwait as well as the opening of Unit for Asian & Japanese Studies at Kuwait University. Both sides shared the view on necessity of continuing to expand such cooperation in the education field.
  11. Both sides underlined the pivotal importance of stability of the Middle East for the entire world. The Kuwaiti side in this context expressed its expectations for Japan's broader and greater roles in promoting stability and achieving prosperity of the Middle East. The Japanese side expressed its willingness to work together with the Kuwaiti side for peace and stability of the Middle East, thus to contribute to the prosperity of the region.
  12. The two sides reviewed the current situation in Iraq and stressed the importance of achieving the national reconciliation and employing all efforts to provide chances of success for the political process to bring stability and security to Iraq and its people, affirming at the same time their support for the sovereignty and integrity of Iraq. The Kuwaiti side expressed its appreciation for Japan's contributions for reconstruction and stability of Iraq, while the Japanese side expressed its deep appreciation for Kuwait's cooperation for Japan's humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Iraq.
  13. In discussing the Iranian nuclear issue, both sides stressed the importance of urging all Middle East countries to join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and making the Middle East a region free from all weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means in conformity with the internationally legitimate resolutions. Both sides emphasized the importance of finding a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear issue, and of urging Iran to comply with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, to continue the dialogues with the international community and to cooperate fully in this matter with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  14. The two sides shared the view on the significance of reviving the Middle East peace process based on the related resolutions of the UN Security Council, the Arab Initiative and the Roadmap to reach a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region. The Kuwaiti side expressed its appreciation for Japan's active contribution to the Middle East peace process including the initiative for building a "Corridor for Peace and Prosperity."
  15. In discussing the situation in Lebanon, the two countries called upon the political forces and parties to resort to constructive dialogue and give priority to the highest national interests, in a way that preserves the unity and independence of Lebanon, so as to restore its security and stability.
  16. The two sides expressed their denunciation of terrorism and all its shapes and forms, and emphasized their determination to promote their cooperation to combat it bilaterally and within the multilateral framework including the UN.
  17. On the situation regarding the Korean Peninsula, the two sides concur that the agreement reached at the Six-Party Talks on 13 February 2007 should be expeditiously implemented by all Parties, especially by North Korea. Both sides expressed hope that progress will be made in the talks between Japan and North Korea on bilateral issues, including early resolution of the abduction issue. Kuwait stressed the importance of resolving the abduction issue as early as possible.
  18. The two sides expressed their support for the early reform of both the UN and the Security Council, including the expansion of the permanent and non-permanent membership in the Security Council.

Kuwait, May 1, 2007

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