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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary Mattis' Meeting With the Kuwaiti Emir

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:

In Kuwait, Secretary Mattis met today with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, following meetings Sunday with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Muhammad al-Khalid al Hamad al-Sabah. 

The Secretary expressed appreciation for the strategic partnership between the United States and Kuwait and thanked the Emir for his nation's ongoing support in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), specifically Kuwait's hospitality of U.S. and coalition forces based in Kuwait in support of military operations. 

The Secretary also recognized Kuwait's critical role hosting the Gulf Cooperation Council summit and mediating the rift among its member nations. The Secretary noted the importance of de-escalating tensions so all partners in the Gulf region can focus on next steps in meeting common goals.