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Security focus of strategic cooperation

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 17: High ranking American and Kuwaiti officials held a hypothetical bilateral working group for the fourth US Kuwaiti strategic dialogue on security to discuss bilateral cooperation in several areas including counter terrorism, cybersecurity and law enforcement, and closer coordination with regard to mutual legal assistance.

The group was headed by the counter-terrorism coordinator at the US State Department Ambassador Nathan Siles and Acting Assistant Secretary at the US Treasury Department Paul Ahern, and from Kuwait the Assistant Secretary of State for Development and International Cooperation Ambassador Nasser Al- Subaih. Joining in the dialogue were also representatives of a number of institutions and ministries such as the Interior, Justice and others.

On the American side taking part were the Ambassador Alina Romanowski, Deputy Assistant US Attorney Bruce Schwartz, First Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs Joey Hood, and Deputy Coordinator for Cyber Affairs at the US State Department Michelle Marlov. Ambassador Romanowski said, “I am proud of the progress we have made during our discussions on security. The United States and Kuwait wish to preserve the security of both countries, and we can enhance these efforts through cooperation on counter- terrorism, cybersecurity and all aspects of security affairs.”

“The United States is prepared to provide expertise and assistance on security matters of concern to Kuwait,” Romanowski added. The discussions focused on combating terrorist financing and cyber security and strengthening the relationship between the two countries with regard to law enforcement. Kuwait and the US signed Tuesday a declaration of intent over legal cooperation, part of preparations for the Strategic Dialogue to be held at a ministerial level in Washington later in November.

The declaration of intent was signed by Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah and US Ambassador to Kuwait Alina Romanowski, a foreign ministry statement said. The signing ceremony was attended by Assistant Foreign Minister for Deputy Foreign Minister’s office Ayham Al-Omar, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for Protocols Abdulmohsen Al-Zaid and Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs Salem Al-Shebli.

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