Kuwait has become one of the first Arab countries to sign a cooperation agreement with China under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa.

China, which is currently on a mission to reinforce the importance of the ancient Silk Road, has called for the joint development of an economic belt along the Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road with Kuwait.

Speaking on Kuwait’s increasing engagement with China, Kuwaiti Ambassador to India Jasem Ibrahim Al-Najem said that both countries have agreed to promote the Belt and Road Initiative and to incorporate Kuwait Vision for 2035 in the initiative.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), proposed by China in 2013, comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road. The aim of BRI is to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa.

Al-Najem also said that trade between China and Kuwait is increasing at a brisk speed.

China and Kuwait are celebrating their 48th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties this year.