His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s speech
at the Banquet Held by His Excellency Dr. A.B.J Abdulkalam,
President of the Republic of India.
In the Name Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful.
It is my very great pleasure and that of my delegation to accept this gracious invitation from Your Excellency Mr. President to visit your country, India. This great country and its people have strong links with Kuwait that go back many years.
I would like to thank Your Excellency for your kind words.
Allow me to express my profound gratitude for the generous hospitality that we have been met with since our arrival in your beautiful capital, New Delhi. I extend my thanks, appreciation and respect to Your Excellency, your government and the Indian people.
Kuwait and its people value the way the relationship between our two countries has progressed. We have much in common from similar political standpoints to offering each other mutual support at international and regional forums, yet my country remembers in particular how India supported Kuwait during the brutal Iraqi invasion. We also remember India’s support for us in the aftermath of that aggression, when India was a member of the Security Council. We also share a mutual desire to increase economic co-operation between our two countries so that we can maximise our potential and achieve sustainable development that is of real benefit to our people. We also want to see the further scientific, technological and cultural exchange that stems on the one hand from the presence of Kuwaitis in some of India’s finest cities and on the other hand since the 1950’s from the presence of a large Indian community in Kuwait, who by working closely with Kuwaitis have contributed an enormous amount to the progress Kuwait is currently experiencing.
Your Excellency, we are determined to make our visit here a new step towards even closer relations with your country. Hopefully we can build upon our shared past and enhance what has gone before. We embrace the technological, industrial and economic changes India has brought in. In our own country, we are determined to remove any obstacles that might hinder economic progress. We are resolute in our desire to transform Kuwait into a centre of finance and trade able to serve the whole region.
It is my real desire and hope that our visit and the plans prepared by our delegation will succeed in achieving all the aims I have outlined.
Once more, I thank Your Excellency and your government for this kind invitation and this generous banquet. I look forward to welcoming you to Kuwait very soon. I also hope that we will both continue to pursue our common aim of creating a world where peace and safety dominate and where economic development and collective security prosper.