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Kuwaiti Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yaqoub Al-Sane and Austrian Minister of Justice Wolfgang Brandstetter met in Vienna yesterday to discuss ways of promoting bilateral legal and judicial cooperation. Speaking to KUNA following the meeting held in presence of Kuwait’s Ambassador to Austria and its Permanent Representative at International Organisations in Vienna H.E. Sadiq Marafi, the Kuwaiti minister said:

“ Kuwait is interested in promoting its historical relations with Austria in various fields. “ He hailed the significant role played by Austria in the international arena, noting that it is home to several weighty international organizations, including anticrime committees.

Al-Sane appreciated growing international willingness to promote and reinforce cooperation in legal and judicial domains by means of hammering out bilateral and multilateral agreements in this regard. On his meeting with the Austrian minister, he said they had addressed a number of important legal issues and topics, and possible bilateral agreements in the area of legal assistance, repatriation, terrorism and extremism.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Ambassador to Austria and its Permanent Representative at International Organisations in Vienna H.E. Sadiq Marafi highly commended Austria’s fair positions towards Islamic issues in general, recalling its honourable stance during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Kuwait is to hold soon a celebration in Vienna marking the 50th anniversary of forging diplomatic relations with Austria, under chairmanship of First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, the ambassador said.

He said he looked forward to clinching a number of agreements and memos of understanding during the celebration, quoting the Austrian minister as hailing the level of distinguished relations between both nations.