- Title: Kerry hosts Kuwaiti foreign minister at the State Department
- Date: 21st October 2016
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 21, 2016) (STATE TV) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY AND KUWAITI FOREIGN MINISTER SABAH AL KHALID AL SABAH APPROACHING PODIUMS (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "Really now for twenty five years since we fought shoulder to shoulder in the war of liberation of Kuwait, there's just been a clarity of purpose in what we are trying to achieve together. We are engaged in counter-Daesh (Islamic State), counter-ISIL efforts, we're engaged in regional stabilization efforts. Kuwait has made significant contributions to help deal with the problem of displaced people and refugees, I think about 1.4 billion dollars the most recent pledge. They are reliable and constant partner in the effort to counter violent extremism in the region. They share the same interests that we do in trying to bring peace to Yemen, and they've hosted talks there for a long period of time and are prepared to continue to do that if we can bring the parties together to try to have a peaceful resolution to that conflict." AL SABAH AND KERRY SHAKING HANDS (SOUNDBITE) (English) KUWAITI FOREIGN MINISTER, SABAH AL KHALID AL SABAH, SAYING: "It's a good opportunity also to touch up on the regional issues in combating terrorist groups, so-called Daesh, and the escalation in Yemen, the operation takes place in Iraq now to liberate Mosul, crisis in Syria, and of course Libya and to think together how we could resume the peace process in the Middle East. So we have a lot of challenges. Today we'll have an opportunity to discuss all these matters." KERRY AND AL SABAH CONCLUDE AND WALK AWAY
- Embargoed: 5th November 2016 13:27
- Keywords: Daesh Middle East Gulf foreign secretary
- Location: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00154Y88QV
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- Story Text:U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah held a meeting at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., on Friday (October 21).
Kerry said Kuwait and the United States have a "clarity of purpose" in what the two allied nations are trying to achieve together.
"We are engaged in counter-Daesh, counter-ISIL efforts, we're engaged in regional stabilization efforts," Kerry told reporters. "They are a reliable and constant partner in the effort to counter violent extremism in the region."
Al Sabah added that his visit to Washington was a good opportunity to discuss a range of regional issues.
"Combating terrorist groups, so-called Daesh, and the escalation in Yemen, the operation takes place in Iraq now to liberate Mosul, crisis in Syria, and of course Libya, and to think together how we could resume the peace process in the Middle East," he said.
Kuwait, a U.S. ally and neighbor of Saudi Arabia and Iraq, is part of a 34-nation alliance that backs international efforts against hardline Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria.
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