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Kuwait hopes emir’s visit to Iran will boost regional peace
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am3(88).jpgKuwait expressed its hopes on Monday that a landmark visit by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to visit Iran next week will strengthen security, stability, and peace in the Persian Gulf region, AFP reported. 
The visit comes amid a recent thaw in relations between Iran and Persian Gulf Arab states.
Sheikh Sabah, on his first visit to Tehran as head of state, will lead a high level delegation consisting of the ministers of foreign affairs, oil, finance and commerce and industry, the cabinet said in a statement.
The statement issued after the weekly cabinet meeting said it hoped the visit “would boost cooperation in various fields,” as well as strengthening “security, stability, and peace in the region”.
The two-day visit will start on June 1, the cabinet said.
Iran’s newly appointed ambassador to Kuwait, Ali Riza, told reporters on Monday the emir’s visit “will give a push to regional cooperation and consolidate ties.”
He said Sheikh Sabah’s talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will touch on the Syrian conflict and the situation in the Persian Gulf region.
Kuwait currently holds the rotating presidency of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Iranian envoy said he expected that a number of cooperation agreements in some fields including aviation, tourism, and sports to be signed.
For years, Iran’s relations with the Persian Gulf Arab states have been frosty, with disagreements over unrest in Bahrain and the conflict in Syria, before moderate Rouhani was elected president of the Islamic Republic last June.
In December last year, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif started a tour of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar. But it ended without Zarif travelling to Saudi Arabia.
Two weeks ago, Riyadh’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said he had invited his Iranian counterpart to visit.
Tehran welcomed the plan and stressed the need to boost relations after years of strained ties.
After his election, Rouhani said he wanted to reach out to Persian Gulf Arab governments.

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