Trump, Sheikh Sabah Assert Strategic Partnership

Thursday, 6 September, 2018 - 10:15
Kuwait, Washington – Merza al-Khuwaldi, Hiba al-Kodsi

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Jaber al-Sabah held a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday midday, during which they asserted their efforts to increase trade and investment between both countries, along with their cooperation in the military, energy, and education fields.

Following the meeting, Trump told reporters that Kuwait has been a great partner for the US, and “we’re working very hard to bring some stability into the Middle East.”

He also discussed the situation in Iran saying it is very different from when he first took office.

“Iran is in turmoil right now. They’re in total turmoil. When I took office, it was just a question of how long until they took over the entire Middle East. Now they are just worrying about their own survival as a country,” he said.

When asked if he would like to meet Iranian President Hasan Rouhani at the UN, Trump said it is possible, “anything is possible. Anything is possible. But we’ll see.”

Sheikh Sabah said his visit to the White House is a continuation of the “profound and strategic relationship between our two countries.”

He also indicated that they will also review achievements under the partnership with the international coalition to combat terrorism as well as issues of mutual interest.

“I’m pleased to invite United States corporations to participate in the development and efforts, such are projects in the State of Kuwait, and to invest therein according to the Kuwait laws and regulations attractive to investments,” the Sheikh indicated.

He also announced that they will “discuss means of cooperation to resolve the crisis in the Gulf region and look forward with hope that an end to this crisis will be reached.”

The Emir noted that the meeting with the President coincides with the resumption of the discussions between the two parties in the conflict in Yemen led by the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Yemen.

“We, alongside the entire world, are looking forward to seeing the discussions yield their desired results. We will also review our achievements under our sole partnership with the international coalition to combat terrorism as well as issues of mutual interest,” he concluded.

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