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Kuwait

(last updated: 20.12.2018)

Kuwait recognised the Republic of Estonia on 15 September 1991. Diplomatic relations between Estonia and Kuwait were established on 28 October 1994.

The Estonian Ambassador to Kuwait is Sander Soone, who resides in Cairo.

Important visits

On 11 July 2006, Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Sheikh Dr Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait.

From 21 October to 24 October 2014, the new Kuwaiti Ambassador Monther Bader Sulaiman Al-Eissa visited Estonia to present his credentials.

On 25 September 2015, Marina Kaljurand, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Sabah Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, in New York. During the meeting, the agreement on abolishment of visa requirements in respect of persons using diplomatic passports between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the State of Kuwait was signed.

From 8 October to 9 October 2015, the Kuwaiti Parliament Friendship Group visited Tallinn.

In December 2016 Estonian Auditor General Alar Karis visited Kuwait. During the visit a cooperation agreement between the supreme audit institutions of Estonia and Kuwait was signed.

In March 2017 a delegation of the State Audit Bureau of Kuwait visited Estonia.

In March 2018 member of Estonian Parliament and Chairman of Estonia-Persian Gulf States Parliamentary Group Mart Nutt visited Kuwait.

Economic relations

Trade

Trade figures 2012–2017 (in EUR)

Year Export Import

2012

1 492 913

2 984

2013

1 922 74

1 187

2014

1 540 982

125 300

2015

10 447 185

19 546

2016

549 000

7 000

2017 8 686 475 6 491

In 2017 main exports to Kuwait were machinery and equipment, main imports were textile products.

Tourism

In October 2014, managers of major Kuwaiti travel agencies visited Estonia in order to gain an overview of Estonia as a potential travel destination. The delegation included six managers of the most influential Kuwaiti tourism companies and two journalists.

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