(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) NEW YORK, March 29 (KUNA) -- Opening Kuwait Consulate General in New York crowns the relations with the United States and reflects Kuwait's interest in meeting needs of its citizens abroad, said Consul General Ahmad Al-Hazeem.
Al-Hazeem made the statement to KUNA on Friday on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the consulate in New York.
The ceremony was attended by some consuls from brotherly and friendly countries as well as some US officials and Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi. Al-Hazeem noted that there are some 3700 Kuwaiti students in the northern coast of the US as well as some people receiving treatment, businessmen and tourists.
He stressed that the Consulate General is very ready for answering questions of citizens, facilitating their tasks and guiding them how to deal with the American institutions.
The consulate's emergency no is +1-917-242-6688, he said, adding that it is located in Lotte New York Palace Hotel in Madison Avenue.
The Consulate General will focus on economic, commercial and investment fields, he said.
Its role will aim to find jobs and investment that contribute to strengthening economic and commercial relations between Kuwait and the United States, he pointed out.
Establishing the consulate in New York will contribute also to achieving the common vision of Kuwait and the US that aim to protect citizens in their countries and across the globe, he explained.
The consul also welcomed the resumption of direct flights of Kuwait Airways to New York after coordination between the two countries' governments.
This move will have a positive effect on all fields as the two states seek to promote cooperation in transportation security, civil aviation and others, he stated.
Al-Hazeem said that promoting trade and investment between the two sides has contributed to their prosperity and growth. Trade volume between the two countries rose to more than USD 8 billion in 2017, he affirmed.
The Kuwaiti-US Strategic Dialogue led to the signing of 23 agreements and memorandums in several fields, including consular, economic and commercial cooperation as well as others. (end) asf.hm