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Indian Foreign Minister to visit Kuwait today
October 30, 2018, 9:53 am

India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj is visiting Kuwait on an official visit today that will last till 31 October, as part of India’s objective to enhance engagement and relations with the countries in the Gulf region.

During her two-day visit, the Indian minister will meet with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and hold bilateral meetings with her Kuwaiti counterpart, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah. She will also interact with the Indian community in Kuwait. India and Kuwait share historically close and friendly relations bound by shared values.

Kuwait has been a major energy supplier to India and also hosts about one million Indians, who form the largest expatriate community in the country. India’s bilateral trade with Kuwait in 2017-18 was approximately US$8.5 billion. This will be the first visit to Kuwait by Ms. Swaraj in her role as External Affairs Minister. The visit will provide an opportunity to hold in-depth discussions with the Kuwait’s political leadership on a wide range of global, regional and bilateral issues, as well as advance India’s growing engagement with countries in the region. and in particular with the GCC countries. Prior to her visit to Kuwait, Minister Swaraj will be in Qatar on 28 and 29 October, where she will meet with high ranking Qatari officials and hold in-depth discussions with the leadership

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