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The Embassy of Kuwait in Berlin

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Address: Griegstrasse 5-7, 14193 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 897 300 0

Fax: +49 (0) 30 897 300 10


www.kuwait-botschaft.de

The Ambassador

Amb. Najeeb Al-Bader

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HE Ambassador Najeeb Al-Bader took office in the Federal Republic of Germany with the presentation of the letter of credentials to Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 20 September 2018.
Ambassador Al-Bader, born April 12, 1968, married, three children (one son and two daughters).
Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Kuwait University in 1990.
Joined the State Department of the State of Kuwait in 1991 as Diplomatic Attaché.
Worked on the Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations in Geneva for the period 14 July 2000 - 17 August 2009; responsible for humanitarian affairs and labor, health, refugee and migration policies and matters of the UN Human Rights Council.
Participation in all meetings of the specialized agencies of the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, eg:
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
UN Human Rights Committee and UN Human Rights Council.
World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labor Organization (ILO).
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR).
International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Universal Postal Union (IPU).
Representing the state of Kuwait in numerous meetings at the level of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as well as the Arab, Islamic and international levels.
Appointed Consul General of the State of Kuwait in Ho Chi Minh City, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, from August 2009 to July 2011.
Appointment as Ambassador of the State of Kuwait in the Republic of Albania, September 2011 - 2015.
Appointed Non-Resident Ambassador of the State of Kuwait in the Republic of Kosovo, May 2013 - 2015.
Appointed Ambassador of the State of Kuwait in Australia, December 2015 to 2018.
Appointed non-resident ambassador of the state of Kuwait in Papua New Guinea on 9 November 2017, residing in Australia, until 2018.

International participation:
Accompaniment SH of the Emir of the State of Kuwait to numerous regional and Arabian summits in the period 1991 to 2000.
All meetings of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the period 1991 to 2000.
All foreign ministers' meetings of the Damascus Declaration and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meetings in the period 1991-2000.
Accompaniment SE of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in the period 1991 to 2000.
Accompaniment of Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the period 1991 to 2000.
Participation in the 54th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1999.
Member of the Kuwait delegation led by the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Mohammed Al-Afasi, at the 14th Session of the Working Group of the Human Rights Council, on the occasion of the presentation of the Kuwaiti Country Report in Geneva under the UPR Mechanism in the period 3 to 14 May 2010.
Participation in the Leaders’ Summit and meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) in the Solomon Islands and the Fiji Islands in 2015-2018.

International workshops:
Diploma from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston, United States 1995.
2006: Workshop in Doha organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the subject of children.
2008: Workshop in Bali, Indonesia, organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Poverty.
2009: Workshop in Doha on the occasion of the opening of the United Nations Center for Training and Documentation.

History

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Bilateral political relations between Germany and Kuwait are good and friendly. The year 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of German-Kuwaiti relations. Germany is highly regarded as a major political and economic force in Europe and as a country that has traditionally maintained good relations with the Arab world. This is evidenced by the numerous high-level political visits to Kuwait in recent years. Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visited Kuwait in September 2012.  

In 2007, the two countries signed an agreement on cooperation in security matters. The third meeting of the German-Kuwaiti Joint Commission on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation was held in Berlin in November 2012.

Moreover, bilateral economic relations are good and untroubled. Kuwait is the fourth most important market for German goods among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), after the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Qatar. This means that Germany retains its undisputed position as Kuwait’s principal trading partner in the European Union. In 2013, German exports to Kuwait were worth EUR 1.32 billion, compared with EUR 1.21 billion in 2011, an increase of 9 per cent. German imports from Kuwait increased by 31 per cent in 2013, to EUR 356 million, compared with EUR 270 million in 2012.

Kuwait holds substantial investments in Germany and has shares in leading German companies. A double taxation agreement between Germany and Kuwait has been in force since 2000.