The Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, HE Sibi George hosted a special reception on INS Tir, INS Sujata and Indian Coast guard Ship Sarathi at Al-Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait on Oct 5 with an overwhelming participation by Kuwaiti officials, several ambassadors and community members

“It is a matter of great pleasure for me to welcome you all,” he said, to this evening reception on board Indian Naval Ship Tir. I am so happy to see the overwhelming response to my invitation today. I thank the Kuwaiti leadership and Brigadier-General Ahmed Mohammed Al Bati, Brigadier General Operations and his team for the excellent arrangements and for the support extended to the visiting team.

“This important ship visit to Kuwait,” he said, “is taking place during the year when we celebrate the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kuwait and when we celebrate the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav – 75th year of India’s independence. This important ship visit is reflective of the growing bilateral partnership between India and Kuwait in all sectors, particularly in the field of defense cooperation.

“India and Kuwait enjoys a very traditional and vibrant relationship. Over the years this engagement has become a long-standing dynamic partnership involving several stakeholders such as government agencies, business establishments, industry groups, universities, science and technology establishments, academicians, scholars, students, innovation and research organizations, and importantly our Indian community with its most vibrant people to people contacts.

Every institution in Kuwait, every business and every enterprise here in Kuwait has some positive story of engagement with India to tell, which makes us all proud. Kuwait, which is part of India’s extended neighborhood, today is a key partner in our economic progress, particularly in energy security and healthcare,” he said.

He went on to say, despite the many difficulties and challenges posed by Covid 19 pandemic, our relationship continued to grow in recent years. In fact, our bilateral cooperation in the fight against Covid 19 pandemic further strengthened our partnership. You would recall the dispatch of emergency medical team from India to Kuwait and then supply of Made in India Vaccines to Kuwait. We recall the supply of medical oxygen from Kuwait to India, which made Kuwait one of the largest suppliers of medical oxygen to India. In this context I recall the visit of six Indian Naval Ships to Kuwait last year which further strengthened our bilateral cooperation. You would also recall the visit of INS TEG in June this year.

“Today morning I had a ceremonial visit to INS Sujata. I was very happy to interact with the officer trainees on board. I was very happy to see the professional standards that they displayed during my visit. I wish Captain Sarvpreet Singh and the senior officers and the Officer Trainees all the best in their career ahead.

The visit of these three naval ships to Kuwait signifies India’s commitment to establish cooperative partnership with friendly nations of the Indian Ocean region and beyond to address maritime challenges together. “I am so happy to see the significant achievements India has made in building a very strong Navy, which is contributing immensely in ensuring the safety, security and stability of the Indian ocean and beyond,” he said.

The Indian envoy concluded by saying, “I am confident in coming months we will have more ship visits and more bilateral engagements between our defense forces. Once again.”

He took this opportunity to thank Captain Captain Sarvpreet Singh, Excellencies, Senior Officers from Kuwait Navy, Senior Officers of Indian Navy, India’s friends from Kuwait, media personalities and other distinguished guests for their presence.

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