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Latter-day Saints and friends gather in front of the meetinghouse in Kuwait.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday that it has received official recognition for its local leaders and organization in Kuwait.

The announcement said there are nearly 300 Latter-day Saints living and working in Kuwait.

"We are grateful to the government of Kuwait and in particular to his highness, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, emir of Kuwait, for his exemplary leadership in allowing freedom of worship in the state of Kuwait, in particular for the expatriate workforce," Bishop Terry Harradine, leader of the Kuwait congregation said, in a news release.

Read more at the church's Newsroom site.