KUWAITI EMIR’S U.S. VISIT NEXT MONTH, TO OPEN NEW CHAPTER OF BILATERAL TIES: U.S. ENVOY | Arab News Updates

KUWAITI EMIR’S U.S. VISIT NEXT MONTH, TO OPEN NEW CHAPTER OF BILATERAL TIES: U.S. ENVOY

Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s visit to the U.S., next month, is to “open a new chapter” of their strategic ties, U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, Lawrence Silverman, said.

“The visit reflects the very strong, close and strategic partnership between the United States and Kuwait, which is longstanding, but also, we are in the process of enhancing that relationship, making it even closer,” the U.S. envoy told the Kuwaiti official news agency KUNA, in an interview.

This will be the Kuwaiti leader’s fourth visit to the U.S., since he took office in 2006. He previously visited Washington in 2006, 2009 and 2013, and also participated in a summit between the U.S. and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), at Camp David, in May, 2015.

The upcoming U.S. visit, scheduled on Sept 6, was planned, amid Kuwait’s efforts to mediate the ongoing standoff between Qatar and the Arab quartet, led by Saudi Arabia.

Kuwait has been playing the role of mediator in the standoff, which started early Jun, when the quartet cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing Doha’s support of terrorism and interference in their internal affairs.

The U.S. supports Kuwait’s mediation because it wants to see an end to this dispute as quickly as possible, “for the sake of the region,” Silverman noted.

He also praised Kuwait for its plan to host an international conference of donors next year, on Iraq’s reconstruction of areas liberated from terror Daesh group.

“It is really one of the foundation blocks of our relation, as part of the dialogue would be discussing possibilities in even furthering this cooperation. So, it is the whole gambit of relations,” Silverman said.

U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson looks forward to holding talks with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, to continue discussions on enhancing cooperation on defence, fighting terrorism and promoting bilateral trade ties, Silverman said

Source: NAM News Network