UPDATED 10:58 AM PT — Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Kuwait’s foreign minister commended America’s role in creating a long-awaited peace proposal during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the country.
At the third United States-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue Wednesday, the country stated it trusted the U.S. in its efforts to put together a Middle East peace plan and find a peaceful solution to the Yemeni war.
“The Middle East peace plan has long been awaited and we believe that our friends and colleagues in the United States of America have what it takes and have the necessary ideas to keep on going with the peace process and elaborate a peace plan that will take into account the situation in the region, and other relevant stakeholders.”
— Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah, foreign minister – Kuwait
Another major issue Pompeo will be focusing on is creating a resolution to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis, which began in June of 2017. Several countries surrounding Kuwait imposed ongoing land, sea and air blockades on Qatar after accusing the country of terrorism. Qatar has continued to deny the claims.
Kuwait has been at the forefront of trying to find a resolution to the crisis and mediate between the other Arab Gulf countries, which remain in deadlock.
The visit by Pompeo is also aimed at signing more agreements to boost strategic cooperation between the two countries for the next 25 years.
“We believe that the strong relationship between the United States and several countries will lead to an acceptable ending to all the stakeholders, and lead to reaching a political solution that has been long awaited,” said Kuwait’s foreign minister.
He also hailed the important role of the private sectors of Kuwait and the U.S. in boosting economic cooperation between them.
“This will promote those connections between Americans and Kuwaitis and facilitate partnerships between cultural institutions in the United States and in Kuwait,” stated Pompeo. “Mr. Deputy Prime Minister, it was my honor to discuss the future of this great relationship.”
Pompeo’s regional tour comes as the U.S. is trying to consolidate its allies to oppose Iran.
“I look forward to our conversations in this dialogue, and I welcome the next year and a generation of cooperation friendship between our two countries,” said the U.S. secretary of state.