The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
 FORMER MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA

Media Release

FA185 - 23 December 2004

New Australian Embassy in Kuwait

I am pleased to announce the opening today of a new Australian Embassy in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The establishment of our mission marks a new phase in the excellent bilateral relationship between Australia and Kuwait.

Australia and Kuwait enjoy strong relations based on solid commercial links and like-minded views on many international issues. We share a cooperative relationship in military and security affairs.

Australia’s principal exports to Kuwait are motor vehicles, live animals, wheat and dairy products. Our main imports from Kuwait are petroleum and petroleum products. After growing by 9.3 per cent in 2002, Australian exports to Kuwait rose a further 5 per cent to $555 million in 2003. Imports rose by 36 per cent in 2002, but fell by 17 per cent to $138 million in 2003.

More broadly, an Australian diplomatic presence in Kuwait reflects Australia's interest in constructive engagement with the Middle East.

Australia's Ambassador to Kuwait will be Dr Ralph King, a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Australians in Kuwait may obtain consular assistance from and are advised to register with the Australian Embassy. Pending the completion of permanent premises, the Embassy will be located at:

Australian Embassy
Le Meridien Kuwait
Arabian Gulf Road
Dasman 15451
KUWAIT

PO BOX 2276, Safat 13023, KUWAIT

Telephone: +965 257 0391
Fax: +965 257 0392


Australians travelling to Kuwait are strongly encouraged to read the latest Travel Advice for that country, which can be accessed at www.smartraveller.gov.au.

Media Inquiries: Mr Downer's office 02 6277 7500 - DFAT Media Liaison 02 6261 1555


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