|Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad
Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and President George
Bush met for talks in July.
has created a unique relationship between
Kuwait and the United States. Kuwaitis will
never forget that when Saddam Hussein sent
his tanks rolling across the border and
occupied the country, it was a U.S.-led
international coalition that drove the invaders
back in the 1991 Gulf War.
the strategic partnership between the two
nations has strengthened. A ten-year defense
pact was signed in 1991 and renewed for
a further ten years in 2001. U.S. military
forces have maintained an approved security
presence in the country since its liberation.
been a staunch supporter of U.S. policy
in Afghanistan and Iraq, and played a vital
role in Operation Iraqi Freedom by allowing
its territory to be used by coalition forces.
The emirates support of the new Iraqi
government contributes towards the achievement
of stability in the region, and, because
of its strategic position, it is serving
as a gateway to the reconstruction of the
is an important partner in the U.S. campaign
against terror, and has been praised for
its cooperation against Al-Qaeda and the
financing of international terrorism.
Deal signed last
year is first move towards a free
Kuwait was the
first member state in the Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) to sign the Istanbul Cooperation
Initiative, launched by NATO in 2004 to
offer security cooperation to Middle-East
W. Bush describes the emirate as a steady
and strong friend of the United States,
and last year designated it a Major Non-NATO
Ways of boosting
bilateral relations further, particularly
in the areas of economic and commercial
cooperation, were discussed when Kuwaits
Prime Minister visited Washington in July.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
characterized his talks with President Bush
as fruitful and constructive. For his part,
Mr. Bush welcomed the historic decision
by the Kuwaiti parliament to give
voting rights to women.
Kuwait signed a Trade and Investment Frame-work
Agreement (TIFA) with the United States,
which is seen as a first step toward a free
trade agreement. The United States backs
economic integration in the region, and
by 2013 hopes to create a free trade area
covering the entire Middle East. Free Trade
Agreements (FTAs) have already been signed
with Jordan, Morocco, and Bahrain.
U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, says, By
2013, we hope to develop a critical mass
of FTAs in the Middle East and North Africa
that can be woven into a Middle East Free
the countries in this region were combined
into one trading area, it would be the equivalent
of our seventh largest trading partner.
States is Kuwaits largest supplier
of goods and services. U.S. exports to the
emirate range from iron, steel, drilling
and oil field equipment, and chemicals to
cars, telecommunications technologies, and
Since its liberation, the emirate has upgraded
its defense capability by purchasing billions
of dollars worth of U.S. weapons, military
systems, and aircraft.
States buys crude oil, petroleum products,
and chemical fertilizer from Kuwait. The
260,000 barrels per day of Kuwait crude
that it imports represents approximately
3% of U.S. oil imports.