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Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kuwait)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of the governmental bodies of Kuwait and part of the cabinet.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Ministerial Department overview
Formed1961; 58 years ago (1961)
Preceding Ministerial Department
  • Foreign Affairs Department Bureau
HeadquartersKuwait City
Minister responsible
Child Ministerial Department
  • State of Kuwait Ambassadors Bureaux
    • Military Correspondents Attachés Bureaux
WebsiteOfficial Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

History and overviewEdit

In 1961, a foreign affairs department bureau was established in Kuwait to organize the foreign relations of the country. This body was soon relaunched as the ministry of foreign affairs, becoming the first ministerial body of the country.[1]

The first foreign minister of Kuwait was Sabah Al Salim Al Sabah.[2] He was followed by Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah.[1]

The ministry of foreign affairs of the State of Kuwait delegates Ambassadors and military attachés bureaux in foreign diplomatic missions in countries such as the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Italy and Korea.

List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime MinistersEdit

# Name Portrait Title Term of Office Tenure Note
1 Sabah Al Salim Al Sabah[3] Minister of Foreign Affairs 1962 - 1963 12 Ruler and 2nd Emir of Kuwait
2 Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah   Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 1963 - 2003 15 Ruler and 5th Emir of Kuwait (2006–Present)
3 Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah   Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 2001 - 2011 Ambassador of Kuwait to the United States (1993-2001)
4 Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah[4]   Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 2011 - Present Kuwait's permanent member mission to the United Nations (1983-1989)
Kuwait's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1995-1998)[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Independence and building the modern state". Al Diwan Al Amiri. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  2. ^ Jacqueline S. Ismael (1982). Kuwait: Social Change in Historical Perspective. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. p. 173. Retrieved 12 October 2013. – via Questia (subscription required)
  3. ^ Kuwait Royal Ark
  4. ^ "Sheikh Sabah Appointed FM". Arab Times. Kuwait City. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Biography of Ministers". Arab Times. Retrieved 21 April 2013.