US Ambassador to Kuwait Alina Romanowski confirmed that the ties between America and Kuwait, after 30 years have passed since the Iraqi invasion and liberation of Kuwait, are still solid «This relationship must not be limited to being Muslim, but it must also work always on convergence and look forward to more Partnership in the future ».
Romanowski said in a meeting with the Kuwait News Agency today, Sunday, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait (on the second of August 1990) that the events that followed the invasion and resulted in the liberation of the State of Kuwait formed a critical stage in the history of Kuwaiti-American relations, especially for those who lived during that period. Noting that next year will witness 60 years of Kuwaiti-American relations, which confirms the strength of the bilateral relationship.
She touched on her personal experience with the events of the invasion, “that historical stage marked the beginning of her knowledge of the State of Kuwait as she worked for the US Department of Defense at the time,” adding that she saw with her own eyes the devastating effects of the invasion on a subsequent visit to her after the liberation.
She added that it is an important and sensitive stage in what she witnessed of important events during which the late American President George HW Bush played a major role, especially when he addressed a speech to the US Congress at the time regarding the resort to military intervention to liberate Kuwait and its people and restore its territorial integrity and sovereignty and to ensure the return of the legitimate government of Kuwait and stressed that what is happening It must not last and sovereignty must return to the State of Kuwait.
And it dealt with the events that followed throughout the fall of 1990, when the Security Council issued a number of decisions that included imposing economic sanctions on Iraq and then Security Council Resolution No. 678 in November 1990 which gave the previous regime in Iraq until January 15, 1991 to withdraw from the State of Kuwait, otherwise all Means necessary to restore international peace and security.
She also touched on the efforts of the United Nations, which enabled the United States to send thousands of soldiers from the American forces to the region and to form a coalition that included 35 countries led by the United States and prepare for Operation Desert Storm with the participation of forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Arab and other friendly countries that contributed to the liberation of Kuwait, stressing that decisions The Security Council and the formation of the international coalition are clear evidence of the international community’s rejection of the principle of aggression and the occupation of states.
Romanowski stated that this was followed by a Kuwaiti-American military rapprochement represented by signing a defense cooperation agreement that allowed the United States of America to keep thousands of American soldiers in Kuwait.
She explained that the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait constituted a pivotal stage in the history of the relationship between the two countries, especially for those who lived and lived through this period, stressing the pivotal role of that generation by transferring their experiences during that phase, including some Americans who participated in the liberation war and returned to Kuwait finally to work in it.
She said that it is true that there was a major American role in the liberation of Kuwait, but that the primary role of Kuwait in the process of rebuilding the state was the effects of destruction and war. Since that time, Kuwait has prospered to become a regional leader in the areas of peace and security.
She noted Kuwait’s active role in 2003 in the war for the liberation of Iraq, in which it provided great support to the United States and other allied countries, as well as the vital and key Kuwaiti role in the international coalition against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) and the great logistical support it provided, indicating that the announcement of the designation of a state Kuwait was a major non-NATO ally in 2004 that reflects and strengthens the depth of Kuwaiti-American relations.
Campaign of the embassy
Romanowski said that the American embassy in Kuwait is preparing a campaign for the next six months, up to the thirtieth anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait in February, that includes a number of activities that the embassy will undertake and «in addition to showing the military side to liberate Kuwait, the embassy also seeks to shed light on the humanitarian side And show the rapprochement between the two peoples. ”
She mentioned that one of the aspects of those activities that show the human side are musical sculptures and sculptures in cooperation between Kuwaiti and American artists in addition to anthropomorphic work that represents the editing process and this is what the human side attends taking into account the current conditions with difficulty in communication due to the spread of the new Corona virus (Covid-19).
She drew attention to the embassy’s work on employing technology and electronic communication to take some notes and events from those who lived through that stage by hosting them through visual communication to talk about their experience, role and sacrifices in the process of liberating the State of Kuwait.
She pointed to coordination with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the nature of activities that could be carried out in the coming period, in addition to engaging the business community and economists in Kuwait and the United States.
An editable memorial
Romanowski spoke about a project that was approved by the US Congress and US President Donald Trump in 2017 regarding building a memorial in a major site in the American capital Washington that embodies the liberation process (Desert Storm and Desert Shield) and the efforts made during that period and will also give appreciation to other countries that participated in the process The liberalization will be funded by the private sector, hoping to start implementing it next February.
and on trade exchange between the two countries, Romanowski reported that he had reached $ 4.6 billion in the past year, noting the important role that the economic and commercial sectors play in strengthening US-Kuwaiti relations, including Kuwaiti investments in the United States, especially as all of this comes under the umbrella of the American strategic dialogue Kuwaiti.
Scholarships for students
She pointed out that Kuwaiti students continue to be sent to the United States as a major destination for study over the past 70 years, and “we know the magnitude of the challenges that were related in the past period related to the Corona virus, and we invite everyone to be patient and work to overcome the current circumstances.”
She said that the presence of Kuwaiti students on scholarship helps the American people to understand this region more and strengthens social relations between the two countries, and it is appreciated and proud. According to the latest statistic I have seen, the number of Kuwaiti students in the United States reached 12 thousand students. She
played a vital role,
noting the visit of the Commander of the US Central Command, Major General Kenneth McKinsey, to Kuwait on July 13, and the visit of the US Special Representative to Iran and the Senior Policy Adviser to US Secretary of State Brian Hook on the same month, reflecting Kuwait’s vital role in maintaining security and stability in the region.
She stressed “the importance of interaction in social media and the exchange of ideas and communication with people, despite the presence of negatives and positives in that, but after the emergence of (Corona) and the interruption that followed from social life, the diplomatic work should not stop, therefore, was the importance of communication through these means.”
Romanowski said that the spread of the Corona virus played a role in defining the future vision of US-Gulf relations. There are some issues that have been worked on for many years, but the Corona virus highlighted issues and areas that could be worked on specifically.
She cited an example of this active cooperation in crisis management and epidemics and cooperation in the field of medical care and cybersecurity to maintain information security in banks, workplaces and government agencies.
She said that «the Kuwaiti-Iraqi relations, the Iraqi-Gulf rapprochement and the support of the new Iraqi government have the support of the United States and we will continue to work with it with the Gulf allies.