New Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) India and oil-rich Kuwait will review their bilateral ties and explore ways to step up cooperation in various areas including trade and investment during a key meeting next week.

Both sides will deliberate on major issues of mutual interest at the third meeting of India Kuwait Joint Ministerial Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation to be held in Kuwait from September 18 20.

The Indian delegation will be led by Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar.

“During the visit, the entire gamut of bilateral relations would be reviewed and priorities will be set for future cooperation,” the ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

Kuwait has been an important trading partner for India.

It is also the seventh largest crude supplier to India in 2016-17.

Around 900,000 Indians are currently working in Kuwait.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.