The Ambassador of India to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain announced during a press conference held at the Indian embassy premises today that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has extended an invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Kuwait. According to the Indian Ambassador, the invitation was delivered to Prime Minister Modi in Delhi recently and that the visit date would be finalized based on the mutual convenience of both countries.
The invitation, which has been on the anvil for some time, will be a major highlight in the long history of Kuwait-India relations. When it occurs, it will be only the second visit to Kuwait by an Indian prime minister; the first visit was 35 years ago by then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi in 1981. The Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah visited India in November 2013.
The visit by the Indian premier is eagerly awaited by the large Indian community in Kuwait. Prime Minister Modi has in the past visited several Middle Eastern countries with a thriving Indian community, and held successful discussions with the top level leadership in those countries. His most recent visits were in 2016 to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and in 2015 to the UAE. During his official visit to UAE, the Indian premier delivered a rousing speech before a gathering of thousands of Indian expats at the Dubai cricket stadium.