Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday evening at the start of a two-day long official trip to the country.
Along with Emir Sheikh, Kuwaiti ministers were also present to welcome Erdogan. The Emir and Erdogan held a brief meeting at the airport before heading to a dinner hosted by prominent businessman Mohammed Alshaya in honor of Erdogan.
Reports suggest that the visit carries special importance as it is aimed at boosting the bilateral relations.
At a press meeting held before boarding the plane, Erdogan also said that Turkish businesses had $1.6 billion worth of projects in Kuwait and Turkey plans to increase trade relations between the two countries.
"We will offer some deals to Kuwait that are beneficial to both countries, especially deals on defense,” he said.
According to Kuwait's official news agency, Turkey’s ambassador to Kuwait Murat Tamer said Erdogan's talks in Kuwait would focus on economic and trade relations, along with regional and international developments.
He said the volatile regional situation – including developments in Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Libya – would figure high on the agenda of planned talks between Erdogan and Kuwaiti officials. The Turkish envoy went on to say that a business meeting had been planned for Tuesday during Erdogan's visit, at which bilateral economic cooperation would be discussed.