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EU's DARP chief: EU, Kuwait enjoy "deep, fundamental ties"
The European Union and Kuwait enjoy "deep and fundamental" relations, Chair of the European Union's (EU) Delegation for Relations with the Arab Peninsula (DARP) Michele Alliot-Marie said on Tuesday.
 
Alliot-Marie made the remarks at a press conference organized by the delegation, aimed at solidifying the proximity of relations between the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council. The chair of the EU's DARP noted that ties between Kuwait and the EU have made headway in a range of fields, including economic, human rights, political, energy and legal realms.
 
Moreover, the EU's DARP official said that the EU and Kuwait share the same concerns in the field of energy, adding that plunging oil prices could have a ripple effect not only in Kuwait, but across the EU as well. In legal affairs, Alliot-Marie pointed out that Kuwait's legal system is influenced by Europe's Napoleonic code, a French civil code established under Napoleon I.
 
"The EU and GCC share the same threats and concerns, primarily, the fight against terrorism," Alliot-Marie noted, adding that the EU has a profound desire to propose new plans for peace in efforts to put an end to raging conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
 
Speaking on the depth of EU and GCC ties, Alliot-Marie noted that the European Parliament (EP) was the first institution to support relations between the EU and the GCC, describing the EP as the "motor for these relations, "adding that the EP always strives to reinforce GCC and EU relations.
 
Meanwhile, the chair of the EU's DARP acknowledged that the GCC is a "block of different countries," giving the nod to Kuwait for the country's progress on the issue of human rights. "Kuwait shares the most proximity with the EU on the issue of human rights," she added.
 
Alliot-Marie also thanked the Kuwaiti leadership for the "tremendous hospitality," saying that the delegation had met with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Acting Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the National Assembly's Human Rights Committee and other officials.
 
Since its inception in 1979, the EU's DARP strives to maintain relations between the EU and the Arab peninsula, including the GCC. It also monitors the progress of relations between the EU and the Arab world.
 
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