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MUNAUK Visits Saudi Arabian and Omani Ambassadors

Among the endeavors that MUNAUK seeks to accomplish as an organization that fosters diplomacy in its members, visiting ambassadors to Kuwait is a crucial aspect of attaining expertise in the field of international relations. Many members of the Model United Nations Organization aspire to follow in the footsteps of Ambassadors. On that note, the Model United Nations Club at AUK had the privilege of meeting two ambassadors this past month. MUNAUK's Executive Committee, represented by the President Abdulaziz Safi Al-Mutawa and Vice-President Norah Al-Hilaly, were invited by the Ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and Oman to meet their Excellencies at their respective embassies. Their hospitality was overwhelming and truly represents the Arabian Gulf spirit of generosity.

MUNAUK President Abdulaziz Al-Mutawa with His Excellency Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Fayez, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador

His Excellency Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Fayez, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador, was very open to answering questions from the MUNAUK representatives. When asked about his experience working in Kuwait, the Ambassador said that he was very privileged to be working here because it is akin to working amongst family (being in the Gulf region). He stated that there are good relations within the Gulf region which is why not many difficulties arise. When asked about his job experience and whether he faced any barriers or difficulties as an Ambassador, His Excellency said that no job is convenient but being an Ambassador is definitely an enjoyable experience, adding that it is an opportunity to represent one's country and an ambassador would have to do so in the best possible manner. He stated that what helps his job being Ambassador in Kuwait is being close to Saudi Arabia. Without a doubt, he would have to check with his home government for some issues being so close to it truly helps with certain issues. Finally, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador was formally invited to the American University of Kuwait to speak, as an Ambassador, on his experience to AUK students.

MUNAUK is planning an event for the Fall where several Ambassadors to Kuwait may have the opportunity to speak to students at the American University of Kuwait regarding their experience as a diplomat. This will provide an opportunity to young adults wishing to learn more about representing one's country, policies, and issues.

MUNAUK President Abdulaziz Al-Mutawa with Omani Ambassador His Excellency Sheikh Salem Suhail Al-Maashani.

President Abdulaziz and Vice President Norah also visited His Excellency, Sheikh Salem Suhail Al-Maashani, the Omani Ambassador. The Ambassador also agreed to participate and speak at an MUNAUK event. His Excellency reinforced the idea that the Gulf Countries have strong ties with one another and that the international relations between them is based on mutual respect, understanding, and a shared tradition and culture. When asked about his experience as an Ambassador, His Excellency Sheikh Al-Maashani surprisingly stated that he never thought he would become one. He said that circumstances change throughout life and it is always possible that we are presented with amazing opportunities. The Omani Ambassador considers himself fortunate to be working in Kuwait since there is a sense of closeness and good relations between Oman and Kuwait.

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