Kuwait’s foreign minister in Washington on three-day visit for talks with senior officials

April 29, 2010

Kuwait’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs is in Washington on a three-day visit for talks with senior officials and congress members, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said.

Talks with US officials will include various issues, but will focus on bilateral ties, the status of the Kuwaitis detained in Guantanamo, Shaikh Mohammad Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah said in a statement upon his arrival in the US capital.

The foreign minister said that Kuwait would ask that the detainees “be handed over to Kuwait because it met all the requirements in this respect.”

“We will also discuss military and economic cooperation between Kuwait and the United States,” he said.

The focal topic to be discussed with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be peace in the Middle East and ways to address “Israel’s insensible stance toward the Arab peace initiative and its rejection of the peace process,” he said.

Talks will also address post-election Iraq, the assistance that should be given to the Iraqis in forming a government as soon as possible, “for this constitutes a basic factor for regional stability.”

The two sides will also exchange views on Iran’s nuclear issue, “where we have repeatedly stated that this issue should be addressed through international legal channels and the Security Council and with peaceful means.”

Shaikh Mohammad said that his discussions with the US officials would also deal with regional security, Yemen, the regional role of the GCC states as well as Kuwait’s nuclear programme and possible US aid for employing nuclear technology for the production of power and water desalination.

The minister is scheduled to hold talks with Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and other high ranking officials in the US Administration.




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