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US Ambassador bids farewell to Kuwait – Tueller emphasizes US commitment to GCC partnership

local1KUWAIT: The US Ambassador to Kuwait, Matthew Tueller recently stressed that US-Kuwait relations were strong on both public and official levels and that 1990 was a major turning point of bilateral relations between both countries, namely during the Iraqi invasion. “However, those relations go way back in history to 1912 when a US medical mission arrived to Kuwait to inaugurate the first American hospital”, he stressed.

Speaking to reporters during a press conference held on the occasion of the end of his tenure in  Kuwait Tueller stressed that Kuwaiti students had been studying in American universities for over 50 years and that both countries cooperate in various fields including medicine and education. Tueller’s next post will be as an ambassador of the US in Yemen.

Tueller added that representing his country in Kuwait was a great honor. He said that this had been his third tenure in Kuwait as he had been previously posted in Kuwait in the period between 1991-1994 and 2004-2007. His last tenure was from 2011 to 2014. “I witnessed so many changes in Kuwait during these periods”, stressed Tueller noting that Kuwaiti youth have strong ambitions and determination to work on building a better future for Kuwait.

Commenting on regional developments, Tueller said that the region has been witnessing considerable changes and that together with Kuwait, his government had worked on securing a safer life for the people in the region and in fulfilling their aspirations. He also noted that his  successor had served for several years in the region and that he would be keen on resuming and boosting the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Responding to a question about the Kuwaiti detainees at Guantanamo, Tueller stressed the commitment of US president Obama to close down Gitmo. He further explained that the process was too complicated, especially considering that there were detainees from various countries detained in it. This calls for more coordination with the concerned authorities in each of them. “I cannot say more about the developments regarding this issue but I assure you that much progress has been achieved towards  the ultimate goal of returning the Kuwaiti detainees home”, he underlined.

Further, Tueller said that commercial exchanges between the US and Kuwait had increased by 167 per cent since he started his tenure in Kuwait, which is one of the most important economies in the region.

Tueller also stressed that Kuwait has its values and traditions and that it has a constitution that values the rights of women and that this was clear in granting women the rights to vote and be elected in parliamentary elections and assuming many senior official positions. – Al-Anbaa