Kuwait establishes relations with Nauru

The State of Kuwait and the Republic of Nauru have established bilateral diplomatic relations with aim of promoting the friendship and mutual cooperation between the two countries at various levels.

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said that a joint statement in this respect was signed by the permanent delegate of Kuwait at the UN, Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, and the ambassador plenipotentiary and permanent representative of the republic at the international organization, Marlene Moses.

Al-Otaibi expressed satisfaction for this move, noting the two countries abide by principles and objectives of the UN, reiterating the Gulf State approach to establish relations with many states of the globe.

The two countries are identical in some aspects and there is possibility to establish mutual cooperation between them at the UN official and non-official agencies and groups, such as the G-77 and China.

Cooperation between the two sides can be established in realms of development, security and climatic change, he said, noting that the small republic has special interest for coordination in this field due to its concern that climatic change might threaten its existence.

Atmospheric overheating has caused noticeable rise of sea levels worldwide, with prospects several island countries may eventually cease to exist.

Expressing hope to cement ties with the Republic of Nauru in several sectors in the coming years, the Kuwaiti diplomat indicated that the Gulf country has no relations with some remote countries.

However, some international causes are affecting all countries, and not a single country is capable of dealing with such problems, namely those resulting from the climatic change, thus coordinated effort is warranted to tackle them.

For her part, Moses told KUNA following the signing ceremony that she was delighted to have signed the joint agreement establishing diplomatic relations between her country and the State of Kuwait.

She said that both countries can cooperate at the bilateral and international levels in many domains and achieve great results, and that on top of her government's priorities is climate change and development.

She noted that Nauru has diplomatic relations with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, but would welcome opening an embassy in Kuwait now that diplomatic relations have been established.

The Republic of Nauru is an island country in Micronesia in the South Pacific. It is the world's smallest republic, covering just 21 square kilometers (8.1 Sq miles). It has a population of some 10,000 people, making it the second least populated country after Vatican City.

It had been colonized by the Germans, Australians and the Japanese. It finally gained its independence in 1986 and became a UN member in 1999.