Visiting Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj concluded a very successful one-day visit to Kuwait last week with a series of meetings, agreements and interactions that further enhanced the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries.

Sushma Swaraj in her first ever visit to Kuwait met with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, who she described as one of the most respected leaders in the world. She pointed at the tremendous goodwill Sheikh Sabah enjoyed around the world for among many things the compassionate acts he has undertaken.

The visit also marked the signing of agreements, for visa waiver for diplomatic and special and official passport holders and also a memorandum of understanding on domestic workers, between the two foreign ministers.

The meeting and signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al Jarallah, Assistant Foreign Minister for Asia Affairs Ambassador Ali Al Said and Assistant Foreign Minister of Protocols Ambassador Dhari Al-Arjan and senior level officials from the MOFA. The MOU signing was long awaited and is expected to open up the recruitment of Indian female maids, which was temporarily suspended due to a bank guarantee issue that was disputed by the Kuwaiti side.

The MOU it is learnt has addressed the several issues of concern that cropped up in the past and will also offer a level of protection against abuse. A time-bound solution has also been added in the MoU to speed up justice for the aggrieved persons.

Sushma Swaraj also had meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah and Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah.

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