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Amir’s visit boosts Kuwait – US bilateral relations
September 4, 2017, 2:29 pm

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who began an official week-long visit to the United States on Friday, will meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday, 7 September. The two leaders are expected to hold discussions on strengthening bilateral relations and on topics of mutual concern.

The Amir's visit comes at a time when the two countries enjoy excellent relations, as well as strong and close partnership in various fields. The visit follows an invitation extended to His Highness the Amir by President Trump in February, shortly after the US president took office.

In February, the two leaders had stressed the depth of bilateral ties and their keenness to strengthen the frameworks of cooperation in various fields, including in the economic and security domains, and to upgrade them to wider horizons to serve the interests of both countries and bolster their strategic partnership.

On his visit to the US, His Highness the Amir is accompanied by the Deputy Commander of the National Guard Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Head of the Amiri office Ahmad Al-Fahad, as well as Amiri Diwan officials Mohammad Abulhassan, Sheikh Khaled Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah and Yousef Al-Roumi, and an entourage of several high-ranking officials.

On arrival His Highness was received at the airport by Kuwait Prime Minister Diwan Advisor Sheikha Dr. Rasha Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, Kuwait's Ambassador to the US Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait's Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, Kuwait's Consul-General in Los Angeles Faisal Al-Hawali and several other Kuwaiti diplomats.

Ahead of the visit, His Excellency Lawrence Silverman, the Ambassador of the United States to Kuwait said that while the focus of the visit to Washington would be on bilateral relationship, it would also tackle regional issues of concern to both countries. He reiterated that the US administration was throwing its weight behind Kuwait’s mediation efforts to resolve the “intra-GCC political dispute.” 

His Highness the Amir is also expected to discuss with President Trump ways of cooperating closely on the war on terrorism, regional security and the Middle East peace process, as well as other bilateral issues.

His Highness last met with President Trump in May, on the sidelines of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders’ summit that was held in Riyadh, which was also attended by the US President. This is the fourth official visit of His Highness the Amir to the United States, since his ascension as Amir of the State of Kuwait in January 2006.

Shortly after assuming office, His Highness paid an official visit to the United States in September 2006. During that trip he met with then US President George W. Bush, who affirmed that Kuwait was a friend and an ally, and praised His Highness the Amir's reforms. The US President pointed specifically to Kuwait’s economic and political openness, and said that they were a good example for others in the region.

In August 2009, during his second official visit to the US, His Highness the Amir met with former President Barack Obama, who expressed his country's gratitude to Kuwait as a host of the US armed forces during its operations in Iraq, stressing at the same time the strong bilateral relations between the two countries and the continued commitment of the United States to Kuwait's security.

His Highness the Amir next paid a visit to the United States in May 2015, where he along with senior leaders of the other five GCC states met with former US President Barack Obama, to discuss ways of modernizing and deepening security cooperation between the US and GCC countries.

Kuwait’s relationship with the United States dates back many decades to the time when US business and strategic interests in the Gulf region conferred an important status on Kuwait. The United States recognized the State of Kuwait three months after the independence of the Gulf state on 22 September, 1961, thus, kick-starting the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Kuwaiti-American relations have gone through four stages until they reached their current level. In the 1960s and 1970s, relations with America were friendly, whereas in the mid-1980s they moved into a partnership when US flags were hoisted on Kuwaiti oil tankers during the Iran-Iraq war.

Relations between the two countries were further concreted and took on a strategic partnership following the vicious Iraqi invasion in 1990. The late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah visited the United States during the brutal aggression and met with former US President George W. Bush, and discussed developments related to the war of liberation of Kuwait and steps taken in this regard. Bilateral relations deepened after the US administration in 2004 classified Kuwait as an ally outside NATO.

During the past 56 years of relations between Kuwait and the United States, ties of friendship and cooperation have been established in various fields that reflect the depth and strength of strategic partnership between the two countries.



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