Kuwait (State of)
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History of Relations
Africa and Kuwait concluded diplomatic relations in 1995. Kuwait opened an Embassy
in Pretoria in 1996 and South Africa reciprocated in 1998. South Africa is represented in Kuwait City by Ambassador Ashraf Suliman and Kuwait in Pretoria by Ambassador Salem Al-Zamanan.
In July 2000, South Africa and Kuwait signed an MOU on the Establishment of Bilateral Consultations. Meetings in terms of this MOU have thus far been co-chaired by South Africa’s Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and by Mr Khaled Al-Jarallah, the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait.
South Africa and Kuwait maintain good political relations and there are no major issues of dispute between the two countries. In 2003, South Africa’s opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq was incorrectly perceived by Kuwait as a pro-Saddam Hussain stance, but their concerns were successfully addressed during visits to Kuwait by Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad in June 2003 and February 2004.
South African Representation in Kuwait
H E Mr M P Bona
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
South African Embassy
in South Africa
H E Mr H B K Al-Oqab
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Visa requirements for South Africans
For more information
contact the Embassy of Kuwait in Pretoria.
There are no specific health requirements for travellers
from South Africa.
For further information go to Travelers' Health.
is very hot during summer with temperatures sometimes in excess of 50C. Winter
months from December to March are moderate.
For up-to-date weather information
The monetary unit is the Kuwaiti Dinar, divided into 1,000 Fils. The symbol for the Dinar is KD. The currency is freely convertible. The exchange rate in 2006 was US Dollar = KD 0, 29.
For current exchange rates click here.
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
Over recent years, several high-level visits have been exchanged, most notably by former President Nelson Mandela to Kuwait. The Ministers of Defence have exchanged visits, while South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises and Chief of the SA National Defence Force also visited Kuwait. Relations were further consolidated when Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma visited Kuwait in December 2004. She has since invited her Kuwaiti counterpart, Shaikh Mohamed Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, to visit South Africa, but the dates for this visit must still be determined.
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0872/0837.
South Africa ’s main exports to Kuwait are base metals, chemicals, machinery and mechanical appliances. Kuwait’s main exports to South Africa are crude oil, chemical and plastic products.
For current and past trade statistics between South Africa and Kuwait, visit the Web-site of the South African Revenue Service at www.sars.gov.za.
Groups and Information
Kuwait hosts a sizeable South African expatriate community consisting of medical health professionals and other professions.