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09/03/2018 - 07:00hs

Kuwait looks to strike three new deals with Brazil

The Arab country’s ambassador to Brasília said nine agreements are in effect with Brazil. One of the treaties in the works concerns a visa waiver.

São Paulo – The ambassador of Kuwait to Brazil, Ayadah Alsaidi, said his country is working on three new agreements with Brazil. “We are working to complete these new agreements, which are currently in consultation stages,” he said. The deals are a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA), an Agreement for Cooperation and Facilitation of Investment (ACFI) and a tax waiver agreement for citizens with diplomatic and private (special) passports. The latter would mean regular travelers would still require a visa, but it would be a first step towards an across-the-board waiver deal.

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Michel Alaby (R) and the ambassador of Kuwait (2nd, R to L) during Embassy event

The Kuwaiti ambassador said nine agreements are in effect between Kuwait and Brazil, covering cooperation for economic, educational and sports purposes, technical and art and culture cooperation, air travel and environment.

Mediator role

The ambassador said “Kuwait adheres to a policy of peaceful diplomacy with several countries, of non-interference in other countries’ in their domestic affairs, and of working to mediate disagreements between countries in its region through peaceful means and dialogue.”

In January, the country began its term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. “Kuwait will strive to secure this position by working to reconcile points of view and settle issues peacefully” Alsaidi said.

He also said his country plays “an important role in supporting developing countries’ governments and peoples in need through its Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development,” adding that several humanitarian conferences have been held across the country, three of them to provide aid to Syria.

The latest of those was the Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq, which raised USD 30 billion worth of investment in February, USD 2 billion of which came from Kuwait. ANBA provided special coverage of the event.


A big reception was staged to celebrate Kuwait’s National Day at the Embassy in Brasília towards the end of February. The date marked the 57th anniversary of Kuwait’s independence and the 27th anniversary of its liberation from Iraq. This year also saw the country’s diplomatic ties with Brazil turn 50.

“This year’s celebrations have been particularly important, because they matched the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Kuwait and Brazil,” said Alsaidi.

The ambassador said that in the span of half a century, special, positive relations have been established in a number of fields, including politics, culture, sports and economy. “These relations are based on principles of mutual understanding and respect, observance of United Nations resolutions and adherence to the recommendations of international organizations,” he said.

The reception in Brasília was attended by Brazilian authorities including Secretariat of Government minister Carlos Marun; Sports minister Leonardo Picciani; interim minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services Marcos Jorge de Lima; Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce CEO Michel Alaby and other government officials, diplomats, executives and journalists.

The guests learned about the heritage and culture of Kuwait in an exhibit featuring books, publications and leaflets.

Speaking at the reception, Alsaidi said it would be a pleasure to join the Brazil-Arab Countries Economic Forum to be held by the Arab Brazilian Chamber on April 2 in São Paulo.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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