FSM establishes Diplomatic Relations with the Government of Kuwait
The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Government
of Kuwait formalized diplomatic relations at a ceremony held at the
Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the United Nations in New York on 1
September 2016. The Permanent Representative of the Federated States of
Micronesia to the United Nations, Ambassador Jane J. Chigiyal, and her
Kuwaiti counterpart, Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, signed a joint
communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two States.
The State of Kuwait becomes the first state from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to enter into diplomatic relations with the Federated States of Micronesia. While the signing formally established diplomatic relation between the two countries, Micronesia’s involvement in Kuwait dated back to January 1991, during what would be called Operation Desert Storm—a military operation to expel occupying Iraqi forces from Kuwait, which Iraq had invaded and annexed months earlier; Micronesian citizens in the US Armed Forces participated in that military operation and subsequent military operations like Operation Desert Shield.