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Kuwait, USA Renews Commitment to Regional Security, Common Interest

Kuwait: Kuwait and the United States have renewed their joint commitment to increasing stability and security within the region and strengthening common interests. It was launched on January 26, 2022 by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Kuwait’s Foreign Minister and Cabinet Minister Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Nasser al-Saber, in the fifth round between the United States and Kuwait. It was announced in a joint statement following the strategic dialogue. Washington DC.

The parties reiterated their commitment to defense cooperation, cybersecurity, bilateral trade and investment, as well as health issues, climate change, travel facilitation, cultural education partnerships, and improved human rights and women’s empowerment. He also noted that the two officials had discussed a strong bilateral relationship, recalling the 30th anniversary of Kuwait’s liberation, which began with Operation Desert Storm. The two top diplomats also dealt with issues of international and regional priorities. In particular, Kuwait is chairman of the Arab League at the ministerial level and also cooperates in the development of global financial priorities through the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED). They praised the high-level technical debate between the US Agency for International Development and KFAED on the proposal for cooperation to support Yemen’s economic revitalization.

Local situation

For Iraq, the statement emphasized the importance of a stable Iraqi government, expressing support for advancing the resolution of maritime border issues without foreign intervention. The statement also praised Kuwait’s generous support for connecting Iraq to the GCC power grid. For Syria, the two confirmed the need to implement Security Council Resolution 2254 of 2015 on ending the Syrian conflict and achieving complete and lasting stability. The United States and Kuwait have reiterated their commitment to defeat the so-called Islamic State (IS) and their stance on the volatile effects of Iran, a major partner in the global coalition on IS.

On Yemen, the two governments argued for the need to bring peace to the country and ensure a free influx of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people. On the Afghanistan issue, the United States praised Kuwait’s valuable contribution to the transportation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan. The two countries thanked the bilateral defense partnership and Kuwait’s long-term acceptance of the U.S. military, and the two governments expressed their gratitude for the continued renewal of the Kuwait military and strong partnership with the Kuwait military in the region. He added that he is aiming for a safer and safer future. We. Both sides reaffirmed the threat facing the region and the importance of cooperating in combating terrorism, examining ways to strengthen defense partnerships through improvement, training, training and operations.

The statement also states that the United States will strengthen anti-money laundering practices, counter terrorism through data exchange and negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice, while promoting collaboration with terrorist funders through several congregations. He added that he thanked Kuwait for its continued efforts. Includes terrorist money laundering targeting center. After signing a statement of intent to cooperate with cybersecurity in 2018, the two countries have expressed their support for increasing data exchange to enhance passenger and cargo searches to combat global threats. did.

The statement indicated that both sides will continue to work on strengthening Kuwait’s electronic defense mechanisms, especially financial institutions and critical infrastructure, and are looking forward to planning cybersecurity with the Kuwait National Security Agency. .. They praised the US Department of Justice-led exchange and skill-building workshops to assist Kuwaiti investigators and prosecutors in preventing and monitoring criminal activity in cyberspace. In that regard, Kuwait argued its determination to join an international network of experts to preserve electronic evidence related to legal investigation and surveillance of criminal activity. Kuwait also confirmed its commitment to strengthen the Institute for International Justice and its activities by donating € 200,000 to support its establishment.

Both sides also argued for the importance of protecting freedom and expanding workers’ rights and promoting women’s rights, including the launch of a Kuwait shelter (Fanar Center) for domestic violence. He said he was looking forward to Kuwait’s continued efforts to do so. In addition, Kuwait welcomes the US elections as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, and in particular looks forward to Kuwait being a candidate for the Council for 2024-2026. The United States praised Kuwait’s efforts to protect intellectual property. Both parties have confirmed their commitment to cooperating in global health safety and facing a pandemic. The two have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the prevention, detection and restriction of biological threats.

Climate change

Regarding climate change, we will clarify compliance with climate change measures following the United Nations Paris Agreement, curb temperature rises and reduce temperatures to 1.5 ° C by accelerating the work required at the Glasgow Climate Summit and contributing to ambitious countries. I aimed to keep it in. .. The two countries have also decided to promote cooperation in the field of food security. We also confirmed the commitment of citizens of Kuwait, the United States, and around the world to legal safety, security, leisure and fair treatment. The statement welcomed the progress made by both countries in notifying the consulate and arriving at detained citizens, preventing international cases of children abducted by parents and resolving issues in accordance with national rules and regulations. Showed cooperation to do.

The United States also welcomed Kuwait’s commitment to the European Council agreement on the transfer of prisoners. The two countries have thousands of Kuwaiti citizens studying in the United States, bilateral efforts to improve the quality of English education in Kuwait, increased university counseling, and enhanced communication between US universities and Kuwaiti students. Was emphasized. Both sides praised the increase in the number of visitors and cultural programs, including the latest collaboration between the Arabian Orchestra in New York and the Academy for Performing the Arts of Royak. The two countries have renewed their commitment to promote cooperation in all areas that may benefit the government and the people and to further advance the next round of dialogue hosted by Kuwait. —KUNA

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