Kuwait Hails Washington’s Steadfast Stance in Defending Gulf Security

Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 - 11:45
Asharq Al-Awsat

Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah hailed on Wednesday the United States’ steadfast stance in defending the Arab Gulf.

During a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kuwait, he expressed his faith in Washington’s ability to draft a peace plan for the region that would be accepted by all concerned parties.

“We are confident that the US has ideas about peace that take into consideration the situation in the region and the parties involved,” he said of the American administration’s so-called “Deal of the Century” peace proposal.

He confirmed that this issue was discussed with Pompeo, adding that Washington’s friendship with several countries in the region will ultimately reach an agreement that is accepted by everyone until a long-awaited political solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is achieved.

On Yemen, the minister said that his country was in agreement with the US on the need to end its conflict peacefully according to the three references.

For his part, Pompeo underscored the importance of the Strategic Dialogue with Kuwait, saying that discussions tackled defense, trade and counter-terrorism efforts.

He also highlighted Kuwait’s mediation role in several regional affairs, including the Gulf crisis, which he said Washington was keen on resolving.

Moreover, he stressed that the US has not altered its policy on the Middle East peace process.

Pompeo added that his country is boosting its efforts to prohibit cyber threats and its dangers, underlining the US commitment to the security of Kuwait.

He later held talks with Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Pompeo thanked the Emir for his longtime partnership with the United States and his positive engagement on many regional issues, including the Gulf dispute, Syria and Yemen, said the State Department.

They agreed that a united GCC is critical to advancing prosperity, security, and stability in the region, and standing against the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activity.

They stressed that the looked forward to continued collaboration and new cooperation in many areas resulting from the Strategic Dialogue.

The top US diplomat had arrived in Kuwait on Tuesday as part of a Middle East tour that will see him head to Jerusalem and Beirut.

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