A 12-man delegation from Kuwait's National Assembly met Japanese Prime Minister, Kakeui Tanaka, on Tuesday (17 July).
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Background: A 12-man delegation from Kuwait's National Assembly met Japanese Prime Minister, Kakeui Tanaka, on Tuesday (17 July). The delegation, led by the Assembly President, Mr. Khaled Saleh Al-Ghunaim, arrived for a nine-day visit on 15 July. They were invited by the Speaker of Japan's House of Representatives and the President of the House of Councillors. Officially, their visit has been described as "purely an exchange, designed to promote friendly relations between the two countries." However, it comes shortly after Japanese Ambassadors to the Middle East countries met in Tokyo to help co-ordinate Japan's oil policy. As well, Prime Minister Tanaka has decided to promote "clean energy" sources -- such as solar energy -- as a means of solving the energy crisis. However, there was no official reference to the timing of the visit.
SYNOPSIS: A 12-man delegation from Kuwait is on an official visit to Japan, and as a matter of courtesy, called on Prime Minister Tanaka at his residence on Tuesday. The group is led by Mr. Khaled Saleh Al-Ghunaim, President of Kuwait's National Assembly. And the invitation -- the first of its kind -- was issued by the heads of Japan's Houses of Parliament.
The visit began on Sunday and is scheduled to last nine days. During that time, the Kuwait legislators will have informal talks with Japanese political leaders, inspect heavy industry plants and visit tourist attractions.
The atmosphere of the visit has been very low key. The informality of the functions has been stressed, and the official description of the visit is "purely a friendly exchange designed to promote friendly relations between the two countries." However, observers note that only recently Japan's ambassadors to the Middle East countries met in Tokyo to help co-ordinate the Government's oil policy.
As well, the Prime Minister is known to be worried about the state of world oil supplies. He has decided to promote a large-scale programme to develop "clean energy" sources -- such as solar energy -- as a means of easing the problem.