The President met with His Highness Shaykh Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait today in the Oval Office. The President explained
that the two leaders discussed strengthening Kuwaiti-U.S. relations during their meeting:
Kuwait and the United States enjoy very strong bilateral relations. We are looking to make those relations even stronger. Kuwait has been an outstanding host for the United States Armed Forces during its operations in Iraq. And as we transition our operations in Iraq, it's important for us to emphasize not only our gratitude to Kuwait, but also our ongoing commitment to Kuwait's security.
We're also discussing important regional issues ranging from the importance of moving the Arab-Israeli peace process forward, to the situation in Afghanistan, our joint counterterrorism efforts, and our need to emphasize Iran meeting its international obligations. And I'm confident that, based on this conversation and ongoing work between our two countries, that we can strengthen not only Kuwaiti-U.S. relationships, but also to create a more stable region of peace and security in the region.
(President Barack Obama welcomes Kuwait Amir Shaykh Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah to the Oval Office Monday, August 3, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
(President Barack Obama meets with Kuwait Amir Shaykh Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah in the Oval Office, August 3, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)