Japan welcomes HH Kuwait''s Amir visit

The Japanese government welcomed Tuesday a state visit to Japan by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah next month.
The Foreign Ministry announced that HH the Amir will make a four-day visit to Japan from March 20 to meet Emperor Akihito, who will host a state banquet in honor of HH.
HH the Amir is also scheduled to meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, according to the ministry. "The Japanese government sincerely welcomes the visit of HH the Amir, which will further strengthen the friendly relationship between Japan and Kuwait," the ministry said in a statement.
It will mark the first visit to Japan by a Kuwaiti ruler to Japan since 1995. HH the Amir last visited here in July 2007 as Prime Minister and made five visits as Foreign Minister in April 1964, followed by the ones in October 1968, October 1971, May 1984 and October 1998.
Kuwait-Japan relations are considered a model in international relations in terms of being firm-rooted and based on mutual understanding and joint interests, where seeking peace constituted a base for development in relations in all aspects.
Following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in March last year that left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing in the northeastern region, Kuwait contributed five million barrels of crude oil to Japan upon directives of HH the Amir. The donation, equivalent to some USD 500 million, was the largest contribution by any country to Japan in the wake of the March disasters