KUWAIT: Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah has lauded the solid ties between Kuwait and Britain. In a statement during celebrations held at the British embassy on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday yesterday, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah recalled Britain’s support to Kuwait over history, since the protection agreement in 1899. He also highlighted Britain’s major role in the Liberation of Kuwait from the Iraqi Invasion of the country in 1990. On the deal with the European Union (EU), including Britain, to buy Eurofighter jets, the minister thanked both for cooperation in this vital field, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
Meanwhile, British Ambassador to Kuwait Matthew Lodge thanked partners and guests for supporting this year’s celebration, and said: “We are here to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, born on 21 April in 1926. It is a huge honor and a privilege to stand in the beautiful gardens of this historic residence as British Ambassador on such a happy occasion. For nearly 20 months, I have observed firsthand the close relationship between our two countries and have seen the depth and breadth of the ties that connect us. Even if I were to talk for hours, I could not cover the full range of those ties.”
“We were privileged at the start of the year to join in the celebration of the 55th anniversary of independence, 25th anniversary of liberation, and the 10th anniversary of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s ascension to the throne,” he added.
“On this, Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, the British Embassy honored the United Kingdom’s longest serving monarch, and celebrate with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on this happy day,” , the British Embassy said in a statement. The reception was attended by over 500 guests who were kept entertained by the musical talents of The Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion – The Royal Regiment of Scotland.