Toasting 25 years of service
Tory grandees – from serving minsters to select committee chairs and party chairmen – joined heads of mission for a reception at the Kuwaiti Residence, co-hosted by the Conservative Middle East Council, to pay tribute to the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Ambassador of Kuwait, Khaled Al Duwaisan for his phenomenal quarter of a century of service in London.
Reflecting in his tour of duty, the Dean spoke warmly of the close ties between Britain and Kuwait, which was sealed with the Friendship Agreement in 1899, during the reign of Queen Victoria – “when I presented my credentials!” he joked. The British never failed to keep their promise to protect Kuwait, he added, paying special tribute to another female British icon, the late Lady Thatcher, with whom he shared a close personal friendship thanks to her unswerving support for Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion and the reconstruction of his country.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of CMEC the Rt Hon Hugo Swire praised the tireless work of the Dean and the strong bonds of friendship he had cultivated between Britain and Kuwait and the Middle East region. “He is as British as Shakespeare and Yorkshire Pudding!”
Middle East Minster Alistair Burt in his vote of thanks, said that the Ambassador of Kuwait “dignified” the Court of St James’s and the Group of Arab Ambassadors: “You represent the ambassadors with a humility and a sense of humour and a warmth and affection… There is something deep about the relationship between the Kingdom and the region which matters a great deal to us.”
Above Image: “As British as Shakespeare and Yorkshire pudding” – The Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire MP, Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council praises the Dean for his 25 years promoting UK-Kuwaiti ties