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US Diplomat Visits Kuwait to Boost Ties07/29 06:06

   The top diplomat of the United States on Thursday began a visit to Kuwait, 
where he held talks with high-ranking officials in the Gulf Arab sheikhdom that 
has long been a staunch U.S. ally in a turbulent region.

   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The top diplomat of the United States on 
Thursday began a visit to Kuwait, where he held talks with high-ranking 
officials in the Gulf Arab sheikhdom that has long been a staunch U.S. ally in 
a turbulent region.

   U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed a group of American 
diplomats, toured the country's Parliament and met at the royal palace with 
Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the crown prince and 
foreign minister. The State Department said Blinken would advance discussions 
with tiny oil-rich Kuwait on military cooperation, regional security and 
investment during his short visit.

   Blinken arrived in Kuwait City late Wednesday from India, where he sought to 
strengthen a regional front against Beijing's assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific 
and boost cooperation in Afghanistan. American forces are completing their 
withdrawal from war-scarred Afghanistan after a 20-year military campaign, a 
drawdown that's rippling through the wider region.

   The nation of Kuwait, home to 4.1 million people, is slightly smaller than 
the U.S. state of New Jersey and sits on the world's sixth-largest known oil 
reserves. It has been a critical U.S. partner since the 1991 Gulf War expelled 
the occupying Iraqi forces of Saddam Hussein.

   The country hosts some 13,500 American troops, most based at Camp Arifjan 
south of Kuwait City, and the forward command of U.S. Army Central.

 
 
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