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Kuwait Amir to visit India on June 14

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New Delhi, June 7 (UNI) The Amir of state of Kuwait, Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, will be in India on a state visit during June 14-19.

A high-level business delegation will accompany the Amir, whose visit is in response to an invitation from President A P J Abdul Kalam.

''Some bilateral cooperation agreements are expected to be signed during his visit,'' official sources said.

The Amir will meet the President who would host a state banquet in his honour.

He would also hold discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The talks are likely to cover issues of bilateral interest as well as the regional and international situation.

''The visit will substantially strengthen bilateral ties and raise them to a new height,'' official sources said here today.

Kuwait is home for more than 500,000 Indians who are employed there.

India and Kuwait have close, friendly, deep-rooted and multi-faceted ties. In 2005, Kuwait provided about 11 million tonnes of crude oil and 1.25 million tonnes of oil products to India worth 4.5 billion US dollars.

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