The deal could lead to a significant improvement in aviation links between the two countries.

Neither Kuwait Airways nor Singapore Airlines currently flies to the other’s jurisdiction, although Singapore Airlines Cargo operates two weekly freighter flights between Singapore and the Kuwaiti capital.

There has been no immediate comment from the two national carriers regarding the possible launch of direct flights

The agreement was signed in Kuwait City on 4 November during a state visit to the country by Singapore’s President Sellapan Ramanathan.

The signing was witnessed by the President and the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah.