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State Visit of HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait to India

  1. At the invitation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait is paying a state visit to India from 7-10 November 2013. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including ministers, senior officials and captains of industry.
  2. This is the first Head of Government-level visit from Kuwait to India since the post of Crown Prince and Prime Minister was bifurcated in 2003. From our side, the last Head of Government level visit to Kuwait was in 1981 when the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi visited there.
  3. During the visit, Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber will call on President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Shri Hamid Ansari. He will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. His other engagements would include meetings with Ministers of Finance, External Affairs and Commerce & Industry. Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber will also attend a business luncheon meeting jointly organised by the three business chambers, FICCI, CII and ASSOCHAM. Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber and his delegation would also be visiting Agra.
  4. India and Kuwait historically share friendly relations based on close people-to-people contacts. Geographic proximity, historical trade links, cultural affinities and growing cooperation in key areas of mutual interest, including interalia energy security, trade and investment, infrastructure development projects, petrochemicals and education continue to strengthen and broaden this longstanding relationship.
  5. The two countries are among each other’s major trading partners. Kuwait has been India’s fourth largest crude oil supplier globally with bilateral trade in excess of US$ 17 billion in 2012-13. Both countries are exploring enhanced cooperation in energy and other sectors through mutually beneficial investments in projects, including in oil exploration, refineries, petrochemical complexes and fertilizer plants.
  6. Indians form the largest expatriate community in Kuwait and their positive contribution in the progress and development of their host country is well recognized. There are over 700,000 Indian nationals working in Kuwait.

New Delhi,
October 31, 2013

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