Mahlab to fly to Kuwait Sunday
Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab is scheduled to pay a three-day visit to Kuwait starting Sunday, heading a business delegation, Cabinet spokesman Hossam Qaweesh announced Saturday.

Earlier this month, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi took his first official visit to the Gulf State, conveying “Egypt’s appreciation and gratitude to the state and people of Kuwait for their support for Egypt following the June 30 Revolution,” a presidential statement read.

Kuwait, along with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, has been a strong supporter of Egypt after the military ousted former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, following mass protests against his regime. Since then Kuwait has pledged Egypt around $4 billion in cash aid and oil shipments.

Mahlab is expected to meet Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah, said Qaweesh.

The visit comes while Egypt is still mourning the death of 29 victims of militant attacks in North Sinai Thursday.

Egypt is expecting two important events in March: an international economic summit is scheduled for March 13-15, and the parliamentary elections, the final step in the 2013 roadmap, will begin March 21.

The Prime Minister is also expected to meet with the head of Kuwaiti parliament during his visit. The Egyptian delegation, which includes the Central Bank governor and the ministers of petroleum, housing and investment, will also meet with their Kuwaiti counterparts and representatives of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Kuwait Investment Authority and Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Trade volume between the two countries totaled close to $3.2 billion in 2013, including oil and its derivatives. “Kuwait is ranked fourth on the list of the largest foreign countries investing in Egypt, and third among Arab countries, with total investments of some $2.8 billion representing 927 companies,” according to the presidency statement.

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