WASHINGTON, Aug 31, (KUNA): US President Donald Trump will welcome His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the White House on Sept 12, the White House said in a statement on Friday.
The visit “will build on the longstanding partnership between the United States and Kuwait and further strengthen our substantial economic and security ties,” according to the statement.
It added that “the two leaders are expected to discuss regional developments, bilateral security cooperation, and counterterrorism issues.”
The Amir visited the White House last September, during which Trump called him a “very special friend” and praised the countries’ bilateral cooperation on trade and counterterrorism.
Since they established diplomatic relations upon Kuwait’s independence in 1961, the United States and Kuwait have enjoyed a long history of friendship and cooperation, rooted in shared values, democratic traditions, and institutions.
A US-led multinational coalition subsequently liberated Kuwait from occupation in February 1991.
The United States has continued to support Kuwait’s sovereignty, security, and independence, as well as its multilateral diplomatic efforts to build greater cooperation among the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
Kuwait is an essential partner in the fight against DAESH. A member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, it hosts the headquarters of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. Kuwait is also an important partner in US counterterrorism efforts, including efforts to block financing of terrorist groups.