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Manama: Bahrain and Kuwait have consolidated their cooperation by signing three Memoranda of Understanding in the areas of social insurance, youth and sports and higher education.

The MoUs were signed at the end of the meeting of the high joint commission, co-chaired by Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s foreign minister, and Shaikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah, Kuwait’s first deputy premier and foreign minister, in the Bahraini capital Manama on Wednesday.

Shaikh Khalid said that the efforts deployed by both countries to consolidate their relations have enabled them to reach high levels and move forward confidently towards reinforcing cooperation and fulfilling the ambitions and aspirations of their people.

Shaikh Khalid said that Bahrain was grateful to Kuwait for its constant support at all times and for the laudable endeavours by the Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad in consolidating the progress and cohesion of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as it confronts the challenges to the region.

The GCC, founded in 1981, comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

In his statement, the Kuwaiti minister said that his country was determined to deepen and broaden its relations and cooperation with Bahrain in all areas.

The two-day meeting on December 22 and 23 addressed several issues of interest to both countries and focused on ways to reinforce economic cooperation, improve commercial trade and consolidate Gulf citizenship, the two countries said in their communiqué.

The two sides also reviewed financial, economic and investment cooperation and expressed their satisfaction with the steps taken towards economic integration between them in line with the GCC agreement.

Both Bahrain and Kuwait agreed on deepening cooperation between the ministries of foreign affairs and intensifying the exchange of expertise and official visits.

They also agreed on broadening cooperation in the economic, financial, investment, expert, commerce, industry, civil service, administrative development, information, justice, women, parliament, electricity, water, health, social insurance, culture, municipalities, urban planning, defence, oil, national guard, education youth, sports, social environment and national security areas.

The meeting was the eighth held by the Bahrain - Kuwait high joint commission.