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Indian embassy highlights strength and resilience of Indo-Kuwait relations
April 1, 2017, 4:39 pm
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The Indian embassy held at press conference at its premises on Thursday, 30 March, during which Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain highlighted some of activities undertaken by the embassy over the past months aimed at strengthening bilateral relations with Kuwait, resolving issues faced by the Indian community and enhancing services provided to the public by the embassy.

Ambassador began the press-meet by revealing that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been extended an official invitation to visit Kuwait by his Kuwaiti counterpart H.H. Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The visit, to be held at a mutually convenient date to be finalized soon, will be the first by an Indian prime minister in more than three decades. It will be recalled that Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Hamad Al-Sabah had visited India in 2013.

The ambassador also disclosed that an invitation had been extended to the former Prime Minister of Kuwait H.H. Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah to visit India, as part of the Distinguished Visitors Program organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

On the topic of strengthening bilateral trade and economic relations, Ambassador Jain noted that an India – Kuwait Joint Ministerial Meeting (JMM) will be held in Kuwait, in September of this year. The Indian side will be represented by Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar and the Kuwaiti side is to be headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Anas Khalid Al-Saleh.  Ambassador Jain also announced that a visa-waiver program for diplomatic and special –passport holders of both countries is currently under discussion and will be finalized soon.

Speaking about steps taken to improve consular services and resolve some of the problems faced by community members, the ambassador said that two new agencies will be appointed to offer outsourced services to the public. The six new centers — double the number of outsourcing centers available now — will help provide better and faster passport, visa and attestation services to the public the ambassador said. He also noted that in 2016, the embassy had delivered 96,000 passports, issued 14,000 visas and attested 95,000 documents.

Revealing that the Ministry of Civil Aviation in India had approved in principle the request of two India-based private airlines, Indigo Airways and Go air to operate services to Kuwait, the ambassador said this would help boost air connectivity between India and Kuwait, and enhance services and schedules offered to passengers. He also added that the two national carriers, Air India and Kuwait Airway, were discussing a code-sharing program that would further help ease problems for passengers between the two countries.

 

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