Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf Al-Sabah Becomes New Kuwait PM

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Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Kuwait on 25 July.

Important facts

  • He replaced Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid, who stepped down in April 2022.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed his congratulations and best wishes on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Kuwait.

  • In April 2022, Kuwait's government resigned just months after its formation, creating new uncertainty as it grappled with a worsening political crisis and stalled important economic and social reforms.

  • Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah, former Prime Minister of Kuwait, submitted the resignation of the cabinet to the Crown Prince ahead of a no-confidence motion in parliament.

India-Kuwait Relations

  • India and Kuwait have traditionally enjoyed friendly relations that have stood the test of time.

  • India has consistently been one of Kuwait's top trading partners. Kuwait has been a reliable supplier of crude oil to India.

  • India is the world's third-biggest oil importer and consumer. 

  • Major items exported by India to Kuwait include food items, textiles, electrical and engineering equipment, ceramics, automobiles, chemicals, jewellery, metal products etc.

  • Kuwait is one of the top sources of remittances for India.

  • The Indian community in Kuwait has been growing at 5-6% per annum.

  • Indians are the largest expatriate community in Kuwait while Egypt ranks second.

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