Kuwaiti prime minister arrives on four-day state visit

    By IANS,

    New Delhi : Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah arrived here Thursday on a four-day state visit, the first by a Kuwaiti head of government in 10 years.

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    The Kuwaiti prime minister was received at the airport by Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed.

    Sheikh Jaber is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including ministers, senior officials and captains of industry.

    This is the first head of government-level visit from Kuwait to India since the post of Crown Prince and prime minister was bifurcated in 2003.

    Kuwait is a major supplier of India’s energy needs with almost 10 percent petrol imports sourced from the Gulf country.

    India-Kuwait trade has doubled in the past three years, standing at $17 billion.

    The visit comes at a time when both sides are planning to upgrade their ties from a buyer-seller relationship to a more strategic level, including in the fields of petrochemicals and fertilisers.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber is to call on President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari. He will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

    The Kuwaiti prime minister will also attend a business luncheon meeting jointly organised by the three business chambers – Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Confederation of Indian Industry and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India – on Friday. The delegation would also visit Agra.

    Indians form the largest expatriate community in Kuwait at over 700,000.