India-Kuwait Relationship

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Close and friendly relations between India and Kuwait are rooted in the history and have withstood the currents of time.Over a period, the relationship has transformed into a vibrant and dynamic partnership.Relations between the two countries before the discovery of oil in Kuwait, involved seafaring ; Kuwaiti merchants travelling to ports along the Western coast of India.Initially, trade was in dates, pearls and pedigreed Arabian horses for the stables of India’s maharajas in exchange of teak wood, food grains and other essential commodities that Kuwait needed.With the discovery of oil in Kuwait in the late 1930s, the country embarked on a path of progress and transformation that led to the creation of a modern independent state in 1961.Kuwait and it’s new-found wealth soon attracted Indian workers, technicians and merchants to the country.Today, Kuwait is home to a large number of Indian expatriate community in Kuwait.The political relations included visits of VVIPs and high-level diplomats for bilateral discussions.India exports to Kuwait included food items, cereals, textiles, garments, electrical and engineering equipments, cars, buses, chemicals, jewellery, handicrafts etc.Kuwait supplies crude oil and LPG to India, meeting our crucial energy needs.Both countries are now working to explore cooperation in regional and global forums.India and Kuwait had signed an MOU on medical cooperation.India also supplies skilled as well as unskilled workers.Kuwait is actually a second home for many Indians.This helped India to boost its economy.During COVID-19 pandemic, India had sent rapid response team which included doctors, nurses and technicians for providing medical supplies to combat the coronavirus pandemic.They provided medical assistance in testing and treatment of the afflicted persons and training their personnel.Recently, Kuwait received made-in-India AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India. A shipment of 200,000 doses of COVISHIELD vaccine has reached Kuwait on 1st of February 2021.

It is sure that with the foreign policies of Kuwait and Indian government, the bilateral relation will definitely strengthen to a higher level.






Fida Lahir, Class: 8-B, ICSK - Amman Salmiya



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Fida Lahir, Class: 8-B, ICSK - Amman
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