Kuwaiti Health Minister Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, representing State of Kuwait at Second meeting of the Chinese-Arab Health Forum, said the Kuwaiti participation crowned the 2018 State Visit to China by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Addressing the meeting that kicked off on Friday, the minister affirmed that the Kuwaiti involvement in the event emanated from the solid ties between the two countries, noting that His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s visit to Beijing last year resulted in elevating level of the relations between the two friendly countries, turning them into a comprehensive, strategic relationship.

He expressed gratitude to all personnel who played a role in organising this major forum for the second time, noting that it constituted a good result of the constructive cooperation between the Council of Arab Health Ministers and China.

Such a relationship is a framework for exchanging views, expertise, policies and programs between the two sides’ health leaders for facing challenges and attaining the international goal for sustainable development, 2030, with respect of the sector in particular, Sheikh Dr. Basel added.

The “Beijing Declaration,” expected to be publicised at end of the meetings, will open a new chapter in the relations between the two sides for bolstering health cooperation, he added further.

The State of Kuwait is participating in the meeting with a delegation from the Ministry of Health headed by Sheikh Dr. Basel. It includes the State of Kuwait Ambassador to China Sameeh Hayat.

Also addressing the gathering, Ambassador Haifa Abu Ghazala, the Arab League assistant general secretary for social affairs, indicated that the conferees would address a host of issues, namely health policies, pharmaceutical industries, conventional medicine, public health, training cadres, producing vaccines and serums.

Meanwhile, Chinese Minister of Health Ma Xiaowei urged for pressing ahead with building “the silk road” in the health sector, noting that Beijing had inked 12 Memorandum of Understanding in the Health field with Arab States, also indicating that the cooperation had resulted in executing a number of cooperation ventures in sectors of prevention from epidemics, building public health facilities, mother and child health care and conventional medicine.

He called for enhancing the Arab-Chinese cooperation at this level.