The discussion focused on key aspects of Russian-Kuwaiti cooperation and pressing international issues.
Following their talks, the two heads of state attended the signing of a package of documents. These include an intergovernmental agreement on visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic, official and special passports, and memorandums on cooperation in culture and the arts and in transportation, of intent in military technical cooperation and on mutual understanding between Gazprom and the Kuwaiti Oil Corporation. The package also includes an agreement between the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Kuwaiti Investment Agency on increasing direct investment in Russia.
Beginning of talks with Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Your Highness, friends, allow me to welcome you in Russia.
Your Highness, we have known you for a long time, you represented your country as its Foreign Minister for quite some time. However, this is your first visit to this country in the capacity of head of state, and we are very happy to receive you.
The situation in the region is complicated. We are very happy to have this opportunity to meet and discuss with you and your colleagues our bilateral relations and the situation in the region.
You Highness, welcome to Russia.
Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (retranslated): Mr President, thank you very much for your hospitality and for your warm welcome.
We are also very happy to be in this beautiful city. We hope it will continue to develop and will remain just as beautiful.
Allow me to personally express condolences on my own behalf and on behalf of the Government and the people of Kuwait in connection with the crash of the Russian plane in Egypt. We share your sorrow.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you, Your Highness.