November 5, 2009 Kuwait Embassy in Japan holds luncheon in honor of Sheikh Jaber

Kuwaiti Ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi hosted a luncheon on Thursday in honor of Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and his accompanying delegation at the embassy.
Earlier in the day, Sheikh Jaber was conferred by the Japanese Emperor with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan's highest-ranked decoration conferred on foreigners.
"I deeply appreciate the honor. It is not only for me, but also for the entire Kuwaiti armed forces and the Kuwaiti people,", and renewed his commitment to promoting better understanding and elevating the bilateral cooperation.
"The award demonstrates Japan's acknowledgement of earnest efforts exerted by Sheikh Jaber to promote political, diplomatic, and environmental exchange and mutual understanding between the two countries," Al-Otaibi lauded, and congratulated Sheikh Jaber.
The luncheon was also attended by Japanese Ambassador to Kuwait Masatoshi Muto.
Sheikh Jaber arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday for his first official visit here since November 2004.
In April 2007, then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Kuwait, and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah paid an official visit to Japan in July 2008. The two countries have agreed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations in 2011.