(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) CARIO, June 24 (KUNA) -- A number of officials from Benin commended the role played by Kuwait in the humanitarian and legislative domains, expressing hopes to develop relations with the Gulf state.
In a statement to KUNA, Kuwait's Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Ambassador Hamad Al-Mashaan said that Minister State for Planning and Development in Benin Abdoulaye Bio Tchane praised His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's humanitarian vision for Africa.
During the meeting with Bio Tchane, the minister said that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah deserved the UN honoring as a global humanitarian leader, stated Al-Mashaan who was present with Kuwaiti Ambassador to Benin Faisal Al-Musaileem.
Minister Bio Tchane lauded the role played by Kuwait in the educational and cultural domains and its assistance given to his Benin, added Ambassador Al-Mashaan.
The minister, said the Kuwaiti diplomat, referred to 14 projects carried out by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) in his country, affirming that the fund's USD 130 million loans helped to finance development in Benin.
KFAED began its operations in the country back in 1984.
Minister Bio Tchane touched on the current economic situation in Benin, saying that the government took important decisions to help boost various developmental projects.
Ambassador Al-Mashaan noted that the Benin official called on Kuwaiti business personnel to invest in his country especially in the agriculture.
Al-Mashaan extended an offer to Benin business personnel to visit Kuwait and survey investment and business opportunities offered by Kuwait.
Meanwhile, President of the National Assembly of Benin Louis Vlavonou commended in a meeting with Ambassador Al-Mashaan the efforts to consolidate legislative relations between Kuwait and his country.
Ambassador Al-Mashaan, accompanied by Kuwaiti Ambassador Al-Musaileem, said that his meeting with Vlavonou touched on means to bolstering parliamentary ties and the upcoming visit by the recently elected Benin parliament President to the State of Kuwait and his meeting with Speaker of the National Assembly of Kuwait Marzouq Al-Ghanim.
Al-Mashaan -- currently on an African tour, which began in Kenya, Tanzania, and ends in Niger.
The tour aims to active political discourse agreements signed between Kuwait and the respective African countries, which Al-Mashaan is visiting. (end)