US deeply respects Kuwait Amir of solid friendship with President Trump -- US official

KUWAIT, July 27 (KUNA) -- The United States of America deeply respects His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who he is eyed with great admiration by leaders in Washington, the region and the world, a visiting US official said on Monday.

A solid friendship bonds His Highness the Amir with President Donald Trump, said the US Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to Secretary of State, Brian Hook, who was speaking at a virtual new conference marking his current official visit to the country.

These bonds between His Highness the Amir and President Trump depict the robust links between the two friendly countries, Hook said, expressing wishes for the Amir's quick recuperation.

The friendship between the US and the State of Kuwait was manifested in the statement by President Trump during His Highness the Amir visit to Washington in 2018, Hook said, as well as the great respect Washington has had toward him.

Hook lauded the solid strategic relationship and multiple partnerships between the US and the State of Kuwait, underlining Kuwait's regional and international roles and efforts in facing regional challenges, in addition to its role for sake of preserving GCC ranks' unity.

The American official said he held talks earlier today with His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, adding that these talks were fruitful and addressed most significant regional files, namely with respect of preserving security and peace in addition to the necessity for collective action to ease off tension in the Gulf.

He renewed Washington's commitment to the region security affirming his nation's keenness on preventing any action intended to undermine regional stability, sabotage infrastructure of the oil industry or hinder free sea navigation.

Moreover, the American official underscored necessity of adherence to United Nations Security Council resolutions for preserving regional and global security and peace, as well as for sake of arms proliferation, poreventing arms race, combating terrorism and halting arms' shipments to tense hotspots.

In response to a question about Kuwait's stance toward the GCC unity, the State Department official indicated that he affirmed during his current visit necessity of maintaining the GCC unity in face of threats, praising Kuwait's conciliation efforts and affirming that the State has a team that can be counted upon for achieving the GCC reconciliation, in view of the fact that the Gulf crisis has lingered on.

He also indicated significance of the UNSC resolution on prohibiting arms sales to Iran, enforced since 13 years ago, for sake of achieving stability in the region and the world and stopping the arms race. (end)