Krishna on Kuwait visit from Wednesday



New Delhi: Relations between India and Kuwait are expected to get a boost when External Affairs Minister S M Krishna travels there tomorrow on a two-day visit.

During his visit, Krishna will call on the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah and Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al Ahmed Al-Sabah.

He will have substantive discussions with his counterpart Sheikh Dr Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs that are expected to cover the entire range of bilateral relations and international issues of mutual interest.

Kuwait is an important trading partner for India and India-Kuwait trade was USD 8.4 billion in 2007-2008 and is estimated at USD 10.5 billion in 2009.

Indian companies are active in the petroleum and power sectors. Kuwait is an important partner in India's quest for energy security. The presence of a large concentration of Indian nationals in Kuwait is another vital aspect of bilateral ties between the two countries.

Krishna will also be meeting a cross-section of Indian community which is nearly 600,000-strong at present.

PTI