RELATIONS WITH THE
STATE OF KUWAIT
The State of Kuwait was among the first countries that recognized the independence of Kazakhstan in January, 1993.
Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the State of Kuwait Askar Mussinov with residence in Riyadh presented the Letters of Credence to Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah on November 2, 2004.
The real impetus for the development of relations between Kazakhstan was the first visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev to the State of Kuwait in 31 August – 1 September, 1997. The President of Kazakhstan had meeting with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah and with the group of leading businessmen of Kuwait.
Two leaders discussed the current bilateral relations and perspectives of their development in various fields.Sheikh Jaber underlined the willingness of Kuwait to intensify relations with Kazakhstan. He also mentioned necessity and importance of trade and economic relations between Kazakhstan and Kuwait.
The President of Kazakhstan informed the business circles of Kuwait on opportunities in new capital of Kazakhstan – Astana.
During the mentioned visit bilateral Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation and Memorandum on Consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and Kuwait were signed.
In October, 2003 Kazakhstan was visited by the representative delegation of National Assembly of the State of Kuwait. During this visit parliamentarians of Kuwait had number of meetings with their colleagues in Senate (Upper House) and Mazhilis (Lower House) of Parliament of Kazakhstan.
State of Kuwait gave number of grants on development of Astana. In this connection, positive developments should be mentioned within the interaction of Kazakhstan with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development on implementation of 10 million USD grant on construction of new building of Astana Municipality, 1 million USD grant on implementation of heat and power infrastructure of the left-bank regions of Astana.
Upon the implementation of the mentioned project, KFAED officials visited Kazakhstan to participate in official inauguration ceremony of the Astana Municipality premises on December 21, 2004.
On KFAED formal invitation Mayor of Astana O.Shukeyev visited El-Kuwait during March 5-7, 2005. He was accompanied by Ambassador Askar Mussinov and number of Municipality officials.
During the mentioned visit, Kazakh delegation hold meetings with Director General of KFAED Badr Al-Khumeidi, El-Kuwait Governor Daud Musaid Al-Saleh, Chairman of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ahmad Al-Kharoun, Director flour-milling company Abdullah Al-Ohaibi.
On January 17, 2006 the Special Representative of the Government, Ambassador at Large of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. E.Utembayev and the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Riyadh visited Kuwait to express the condolences of the President N.Nazarbayev over the demise of the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Akhmad Al Sabah.
Kazakh delegation conveyed the Letter of President of RK N.Nazarbayev to the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Kazakh President in his letter underlined that Sheikh Jaber’s name has a historical importance as the prominent figure on international and regional levels who has done everything in his power for strengthening, prosperity and economic development of Kuwait.