His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, is currently on a tour to Latin America, set for July 11 to August 1.
His Highness Sheikh Nasser will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Cuba, Guyana, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.
On his landing in Antigua and Barbuda, His Highness, and his entourage of approximately 80 persons, were officially greeted by The Honorable Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and delegates from that country at the Saint John's International Airport in a red carpet ceremony.
His Highness, who flew into Antigua and Barbuda from Geneva Switzerland, will leave the twin island state on July 14, 2010 for his next scheduled visit, which is expected to be Trinidad and Tobago.
The trip to Latin America should serve to enhance relations between Kuwait and the visited countries in all areas. with a view to serving the common interests and coordinating the stances in international forums.
1. Sign an Air Services Agreement which will result in Antigua and Barbuda opening up our industry to welcome tourists and business people from Kuwait with direct, connecting and code-sharing flights
2. Signing of a Trade Agreement; a Cultural and Artistic Agreement; A memorandum of Understanding to develop relations and cooperation in the political, economic and other fields; and an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement, opens up a new level of cooperation between both states.
3. A review the of arrangements the loan programme of the Kuwaiti Fund
In May 9, 2009 after the election of the new Parliament, The Emir asked Sheik Mohammed to form the Kuwaiti Government for the sixth consecutive time. The new Government maintained supremacy for the Al-Ahmed Branch of the Al-Sabah Family.
In December 2009, opposition members of parliament filed a motion of "non-cooperation" against the Sheikh Nasser over corruption charges. Allegations were that his office misappropriated millions of dollars in the run up to the 2008 elections, and a $700,000 cheque issued to an MP in 2008.
On 14th May 2010, Amnesty International has called on the Kuwaiti government to release a blogger and journalist who has allegedly been making comments critical of the Kuwaiti Prime Minister.
The writer has been questioned by State Security officials about articles and books he has published, including those published up to five years ago.
The arrest and detention of Muhammad 'Abd al-Qader al-Jasem is apparently in breach of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the right to freedom of expression.
UN human rights experts say alleged defamation of public figures, such as politicians, should not be criminalized, as those in the public eye "should be expected to tolerate more criticism than private citizens".
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