Discussions With Prime Minister Sa`d al-`Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah of Kuwait
July 12, 1988
The President. Your Highness, it's
been an honor to meet with you today and discuss the many important issues that
concern our two countries. I value the opportunity to exchange views and ideas
with a leader of your wisdom and experience.
two great countries share a long history of friendship and cooperation. Never
have our relations been stronger than they are today. During the past year,
we've worked together successfully to help defend the safe passage of neutral
shipping through the vital waters of the Gulf. Together we've taken steps to
preserve the crucial principle of free navigation that we both believe in. Your
support for our naval forces engaged in this mission has been crucial to their
Kuwait is respected throughout
the world for its moderation, skillful diplomacy, strong and principled stance
against terrorism, and commitment to seeking negotiated solutions to
international disputes. Despite your preference for diplomacy, you've known how
to stand firm against intimidation and prevent the Iran-Iraq war from
compromising your independence. All Americans salute your steadfastness and
resolve. We've been glad to assist you, including cooperation in Kuwait's program for upgrading
its defenses against increasing threats. In this connection, I strongly support
your request for F - 18 aircraft and accompanying weapons now pending before
also been pleased to join you in a broad international campaign to bring Iran and Iraq to the bargaining
table. The horror of this terrible, tragic war and its hundreds of thousands of
innocent victims seems to have no end. It's a continuing threat to your region
and an object of revulsion for the international community. The time has come
to act. Today, in our talks, we have rededicated ourselves to seeking a prompt
negotiated end to this human catastrophe based upon urgent acceptance and full
implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 598.
our discussions today, we also reaffirmed the urgent need for a just and
lasting resolution of the Palestinian problem. The United States will continue to work
actively in the pursuit of a comprehensive peace that would realize the legitimate
political aspirations of Palestinians while safeguarding the legitimate
security concerns of Israel. None of us can afford
diplomatic stalemate, from which only extremists on all sides will benefit.
Highness, the peoples of Kuwait and the United States have developed common
interests and lasting ties. The bonds that join us have never been closer. The
social, economic, political, and security interests we share have never been
greater. Our meeting today has sent a powerful signal to the world of the value
the United States places on Kuwait's friendship. I wish
you well during the remainder of your stay in the United States, and I sincerely hope
your contacts with my countrymen will broaden and deepen the mutually
beneficial relationship between us.
The Prime Minister. Mr. President, it gives
me great pleasure to express to you my most sincere thanks for the gracious
invitation which you have extended to me to visit your great country, a visit
during which I had the pleasure of meeting and discussing with you a number of
topics of mutual concern to both our friendly nations. The visit has also
provided me with a good opportunity to meet with officials in your
administration and the Congress, as well as the friendly American people. While
expressing my warm appreciation for your kind words about my country, Kuwait,
it gives me great pleasure to convey to you and to the American people the
warmest sentiments of cordial friendship from His Highness, the Amir; the Government; and people of Kuwait.
President, the comprehensive, far-reaching, and positive nature that has marked
our talks today reflects the advanced and ever-developing level which has been
achieved in our mutual relationship. Our talks have also revealed identical
views in addressing the great potential for the continued development of
cooperation and friendship between the United States and Kuwait. This gives us yet
greater confidence in the future of our relationship. Our common and solid
belief in spiritual values, human principles, and norms controlling relations
between nations and peoples constitute, in our opinion, the proper framework
for the development of our relations.
in Kuwait have high admiration
for the values and principles upon which, and for which, your great country was
founded; and we also appreciate the remarkable achievements of the American
people in various fields of human endeavor and progress. Furthermore, we
appreciate the effective role of the United States as a superpower in
resolving issues of world peace and security, as well as its keen interest in
seeking suitable solutions to international problems.
our region, we especially value all that the United States has done and is doing
towards bringing an end to the Iraq-Iran war, and for safeguarding
international navigation in the Arabian Gulf. Your support has won
the gratitude of the Government and people of Kuwait. Your stance reflects
the depth of the ties of friendship between us.
President, we have followed with great interest your efforts towards peace in
We hope that such efforts will continue and will lead to a just and lasting
peace. And as the Palestinian question is the core of the conflict in the Middle East, we are confident that
the recognition of the national legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and
the necessity of their participation, represented by the Palestine Liberation
Organization, in any future efforts to attain this noble goal are essential
requirements for peace in this region.
Mr. President, I should like to reemphasize that we in Kuwait highly value the
friendly backing of your nation in our firm stand against all acts of
terrorism, which have been repeatedly directed at our country and people in the
last few years. Such support by you and your friendly people has strengthened
our resolve and determination to stand firm against these atrocious acts.
Mr. President, I would like to wish your great country continued progress and
prosperity, and your kind person and esteemed family the best of health and
happiness. And thank you, Mr. President.
Note: The President
spoke at in the East Room at the White House. The Prime Minister
spoke in Arabic, and his remarks were translated by an