President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid an official visit to Kuwait on Tuesday with aims to strengthen ties between Turkey and Kuwait, holding official talks with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah. Two leaders showed their commitment to further develop economic ties by attending the groundbreaking ceremony at the Kuwait International Airport project, which will be undertaken by Turkey’s Limak construction company, marking the largest tender ever won by a Turkish company abroad.
The ceremony in Kuwait City was attended by various Kuwaiti ministers and investors along with Turkey’s Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, as well as Ahmet Arslan, the minister for transport, maritime and communications.
Beginning his remarks by praising Kuwaiti Emir al-Sabah, Erdoğan expressed his appreciation for the country during the groundbreaking ceremony of the airport project, saying: “I believe that this project will be a new symbol of the brotherhood and friendship between Turkey and Kuwait and I am hopeful that the project will be beneficial for our region.”
Echoing the president’s remarks, Limak Holding chairman Nihat Özdemir addressed the attendees of Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony, saying, “This project is more than a construction project. It is a link between the two countries, Kuwait and Turkey, between two economies, between two societies. As a result of this linkage, new technology is currently being introduced and transferred, new jobs are being created in Kuwait and planned local procurement in the country will be well into the hundreds of millions of dollars, all while we continue training and equipping Kuwaiti men and women for the future through various educational and empowering initiatives that we are pursuing in Kuwait today.”
The new passenger terminal in Kuwait is currently being constructed by Turkey-based Limak Construction and will have the capacity to handle 25 million passengers per year while accommodating all aircraft types with 51 terminal gates. Though the project’s timeline has a six-year completion date, Özdemir announced that the project will be completed in four years.
Furthermore, the president of Kuwait’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation, Sheikh Salman Sabah al-Salem al-Humoud al-Sabah, described the project as highly significant, saying, “It will contribute to the development of the country’s economy and tourism while enhancing Kuwait’s status globally by keeping up with the continuous developments of air traffic and offering investment opportunities to the private sector that guarantee financial returns to the state’s treasury and create job opportunities for Kuwait’s youth across a wide spectrum of specialties.”
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