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His Highness the Amir to discuss regional issues with US President
September 3, 2018, 3:07 pm

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah arrived in the United States capital Washington on Monday. During the official visit, His Highness the Amir will hold discussion with US President Donald Trump on issues of mutual interest in various arenas, including in trade, investment and security.

On the security front the two leaders are expected to discuss latest developments in the region that center around combatting terrorism, the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the tensions arising from Iran’s growing assertiveness in the region and the US sanctions on the country, as well as the continuing rift between Qatar and its immediate neighbors in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

In July, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned it could shut down international oil shipments in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The US dismissed the threats and vowed to keep the strait open. His Highness the Amir is likely to stress the importance of using diplomacy to overcome differences and boost stability in the region.

Commenting on the visit, the US Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silberman said the outcome of the meeting between the two leaders “will witness the signing of several bilateral arrangements that will enhance the strategic ties and cooperation between our two countries”.

His Highness the Amir last visited the US Capital and met with President Trump in September 2017, when the two sides signed a total of seven agreements and 16 memoranda of understandings. The agreements pertained to counter-terrorism, customs, electricity and water, higher education, investments, petroleum, and scientific research.

Kuwait has investments worth over US$400 billion in the United States and annual trade volume between the two countries remains at around $5 billion. In addition there are over 10,000 Kuwaiti students enrolled for higher education in various colleges and universities across the United States.




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