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Kuwait National Day celebrated in New Delhi with great fervor
February 23, 2017, 12:38 pm

Reflecting the ever growing ties between the two countries, Kuwait National Day was celebrated in the Indian capital of New Delhi amidst traditional gaiety and fervor. The celebration was attended by the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar.

On his arrival the Minister was received by Kuwait's Ambassador Fahad Ahmad Al-Awadhi and escorted to the podium. The national anthems of both countries were played on the occasion. Minister Akbar said he was happy to participate in the event marking the 56th Anniversary of the National Day and the 26th Anniversary of the Liberation Day of the friendly nation of Kuwait.

The ceremony saw participation of a large gathering consisting of government officials, parliamentarians, and an elite group of dignitaries working in cultural, academic, media and religious fields, in addition to a number of ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps.

Ambassador Al-Awadhi, his wife Tasneem Al-Abduljader and the diplomats in the embassy exchanged warm greetings with the participants. In an exclusive interview with Times Kuwait on the eve of the National Day celebrations, Ambassador Awadhi said India and Kuwait have shared a long journey of mutual understanding that spread over several centuries.

“I am sure the relation between the two countries will continue to grow and encroach on new areas in the coming years. Our relations are based on trust that is strengthened by both the countries strong voice for peace and stability in the world.”

“India and Kuwait have shared a long history of friendly relations and that is manifested with the way the huge Indian expatriates are partnering in the progress of Kuwait,” the Ambassador said. Trade links between Kuwait and India are centuries old and are getting stronger due to significant imports and exports of crude oil and other commodities. Up to 10 percent of Indian oil demand is supplied by Kuwait, he noted.

The Ambassador said that visit of Indian Minister of State General V.K. Singh (Retd) last year has given a further boost to the relation and “I expect more such visits in the future.”

He added that investments from Kuwait have great potential and should be encouraged in future and "it is a good step forward for the oil and gas industries as their demands are always on the rise.”

“India is emerging as a strong economic force and valuable market and Kuwait could play a significant role in this direction.  There are so many areas to work up so that we can increase the trade component to a higher level.”

Our relationship exists on mutual trust that has developed over the years and we have to take it forward,” the ambassador said. “The India Kuwait joint commission would meet soon, we are working on the dates and modalities and I am sure we will make significant gains,” ambassador pointed out. “The last visit of H.H. the Amir of Kuwait in 2006 and followed by the visit of Kuwait’s prime minister had not only set the agenda but the momentum for the growth,” the ambassador stated.                                                                       

Al-Awadhi congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, as well as government and people of Kuwait on the National and Liberation Day celebrations.

- S AH Rizvi

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