His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah visited US President Donald Trump at the White House yesterday. He was accompanied by Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and other senior officials. President Trump welcomed the Kuwaiti delegation and then accompanied His Highness the Amir to the Oval Office where they held official talks.
Members of the delegation and senior officials from the US Administration joined the talks later on. The discussions dealt with the deep-rooted ties between Kuwait and the United States and ways to enhance cooperation in such areas as defense, security, trade and investment as well as the strategic partnership in all fields. Both sides reviewed regional and international issues of common concern, with emphasis on the situations in the Arabian Gulf region and the Middle East. They highlighted the need to promote peace, security and stability in the region and beyond, and support the international effort to combat terrorism.
US President described his country’s relations with Kuwait as ‘very very powerful’ and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah as a great friend. “Our relationship and our bilateral relationship is very very powerful, very strong,” President Trump said in a reply to a question by KUNA during a joint news conference at the Oval Office with His Highness the Amir yesterday.
He described His Highness the Amir as “a very special friend of mine” and expressed admiration of Kuwait and its people. “First of all, I have a great personal relationship with His Highness the Amir,” the US President said. “Kuwait is a place I have known for a long time. I have many friends who live in Kuwait and in Washington and New York that I know – and I’ve known for a long time. They are very fine people”.
Trump highlighted the great cooperation between the US and Kuwait in various domains. “We practice large-scale trade together, investment together, and also, very importantly, the fight against terrorism, and Kuwait has been a great partner”. He affirmed that Kuwait “has made tremendous investments in the United States, and they’re buying a lot of military equipment”. “We appreciate the big purchases you’ve been making and frankly, we’re working very hard to bring stability in the Middle East,” he remarked.
Following is the text of the speech delivered by His Highness the Amir: “Thank you, Your Excellency the President. I am glad to meet you for the third time in one year, which signals the special relationship and deep trust between the United States and us. “Thank you so much, Your Excellency the President, for the warm reception. This visit is a continuation of the strategic deep-rooted relationship between both countries that continues to strengthen steadily thanks to the shared keenness on boosting it.
“In this regard, I appreciate the US commitment to protecting the security and stability of the (Gulf) region, which was materialized in the US spearheading of the global coalition to liberate my country. “In the context of our quest for even closer ties with the United States, we will focus on expanding cooperation in such areas as trade, investment, defense, energy and education. It is my pleasure to invite the US companies and investors to take part in the development of infrastructure projects in Kuwait and take advantage of the new investment-friendly laws. “We are going to explore ways for solving the Gulf crisis in the hope of putting an early end to it.
“Our meeting with His Excellency the President coincides with the resumption of the talks among the Yemen’s belligerent parties in Geneva under the leadership of the special envoy of the UN Secretary General for Yemen.“Let me appreciate the positive role and praiseworthy efforts being made by the United States to maintain security and stability in the region and beyond. “Thank you, Your Excellency the President.”
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