During 2017, the Emirate of Kuwait appeared to have fallen off the Indian radar. Their friendly ties were dealt with a severe blow during the crisis of Kuwait (1990–1991) when New Delhi was seen to be siding with the Iraqi invasion. This perception resulted in India investing considerable political and diplomatic capital and warmth was restored, thus leading to the visit of Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah to India in June 2006. Since then the bilateral relations have been flourishing as has been testified by the presence of 900,000-strong Indian expatriate community in the Emirate. At the same time, Kuwait is the only country in the Persian Gulf region—except for the War-torn Yemen—which was not visited by senior Indian leaders or by the External Affairs Minister since Narendra Modi became prime minister in May 2014. The only high-level exchange was the December 2016 meeting of the Joint Working Group on labour, employment and manpower in New Delhi.