INDIA: Kuwaiti-Indian relations are exemplary in their broadness and depth, said His Highness the Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah, in a speech addressing a joint meeting of the two countries’ chambers of commerce in New Delhi on Friday. Reviewing the long history of trade and commerce between Kuwait and India, he said that ‘Kuwaiti businessmen have been visiting India for decades and still do business in this country today, transferring to Kuwait numerous aspects of the culture and civilization of India, and in turn these Kuwaitis have been leaving behind their imprints on the Indian society — imprints that can still be seen in India even today.’ On the other hand, the Prime Minister added ‘Indian commerce and trade have been ubiquitous in Kuwait for generations, with many consumer products and services resonating very well with the Kuwaiti public.’

He noted that India has perennially had a large expatriate community in Kuwait noted for its verve and vibrancy, enriching the scope and depth of the Kuwaiti private sector. Kuwait, he said, has been fortunate over generations to be a point of transit for Indian commerce aimed for destinations in the West. He said time was ripe at this juncture to spike the current level of bilateral trade, given the aspiration of growth and development in Kuwait, and the brisk expansion of the economy and technology in India.

Meanwhile, His Highness the visiting Prime Minister of Kuwait received at his residence in New Delhi on Friday Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma and Minister of Finance P. Chidambaram separately. During the meetings, they discussed bilateral relations in the fields of economy, investment, trade and industry, and ways and means of further promoting and bolstering them for the common interest of both friendly countries. His Highness the premier’s accompanying delegation members were also present in the meeting. (KUNA)