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His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and UAE President Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. – KUNA photos
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and UAE President Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. – KUNA photos
Kuwaiti-Emirati relations: Decades of pivotal points, broadened horizons
Kuwait is one of the first countries to recognize Emirati Federation

KUWAIT: The bonds of shared history, language, and religion between the nations of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates created decades of pivotal points, reinforced relations, and broadened horizons. The astute leadership of both nations aspires towards expanded integration and accelerated sustainable development plans through exchanged visits, continuous collaboration across various fields, and coordinated efforts on regional and international fronts.

The fraternal relations between the two extended for many years, as the year 1952 saw a visit by the late Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah to the Emirate of Sharjah, as he also instructed that a Kuwaiti educational mission be sent to the UAE. A medical mission was sent in 1962, and a TV transmission station by the name of Kuwait TV from Dubai was established in 1969.

Kuwait is one of the first countries to recognize the Emirati Federation, established on December 2, 1971. The year 1973 was marked by a meeting between the late Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah and UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. The United Arab Emirates played a significant role in 1990 during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait as they took in Kuwaiti families and sent out troops for the liberation war.

Moreover, the two countries are joint on a variety of projects, including joint committees, agreements, MoUs, and investments. The UAE is considered the largest Arab exporter to Kuwait and the second largest worldwide, with $3.44 billion in 2021 and imports valued at $1.32 billion. The two seek augmented collaboration on already existing bilateral relations in security, military, cultural activities, sporting events, and educational programs. — KUNA

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