Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani will be visiting Kuwait Wednesday where he will be meeting with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The two leaders will be focusing on issues pertaining to bilateral relations as well as the latest developments within the region and the world.
The visit came on an invitation by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah to the Iranian President Rouhani during the 25 January visit by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to Tehran. Relations between Kuwait and Iran dates back to the 1940s and 1950s prior to the independence of Kuwait.
After gaining independence in 1961, Iran recognized Kuwait as a sovereign country, establishing diplomatic relations in 1962. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah, who was Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, visited Iran in 1979, making him one of the first Gulf leaders to visit Tehran after the Islamic revolution.
During the era of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Iran expressed condemnation of the aggression, standing in solidarity with Kuwaitis and their rights for freedom. In 1991, the two countries focused on means to boost relations after the liberation of Kuwait.
Again, His Highness Sheikh Sabah, who was First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Foreign Affairs in 2003, visited Tehran during a critical moment in the region with the US preparing for military action against the Iraqi regime. The visit also resulted the signing of several accords aimed at enhancing relations between the two sides.
The two countries signed between 1992 and 2014 various agreements to develop relations on all possible domains. In accordance with statistics by the Iranian embassy in Kuwait, commercial exchange between Iran and Kuwait in 2015 had reached US$ 400 million, an increase by 100 percent from US$200 million.