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Kuwaiti Emir, President Trump to meet this week

President Trump previously praised the Emir and Kuwait's role in the region

Kuwaiti Emir, President Trump to meet this week
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, according to American officials.

In a statement to the press, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the Emir will be “leading a Kuwaiti delegation to the United States to discuss trade, investment, and security cooperation.”

Sanders provided no further details on the upcoming meeting’s agenda.

In Kuwait, the state-run Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) has quoted US ambassador Lawrence Silverman as saying that the visit would be used as an opportunity to discuss regional challenges and build upon a prior meeting between the two leaders at the GCC-US summit in Saudi Arabia last year, as well as a previous visit to the White House in September.

Additionally, Silverman was quoted as saying he hopes the visit would also discuss Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

"We look forward, as UN Security Council members, to make it a more [effective] Security Council," he added.

Following their previous meeting in September, President Trump said that he “applauds Kuwait for its role” in the fight against extremist groups.

“Cooperation between America and Kuwait has never been stronger - never, ever,” he added. “Kuwaiti’s investments in America through its sovereign wealth fund are profitable for Kuwaiti people and they create many, many jobs in the American workforce.”