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For Immediate Release
September 19, 2008

President Bush Meets with Prime Minister Nasser Al-Sabah of Kuwait
Oval Office

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Oval Office

10:11 A.M. EDT

PRESIDENT BUSH: Your Excellency, thanks for coming. Kuwait is a strategic partner of the United States. And our discussion today was befitting of our strategic partnership.

We talked about a lot of issues. One issue we talked about was Iraq. And I do want to thank Your Excellency for naming an ambassador to Iraq. It's a recognition on your part that a stable and peaceful Iraq is in your interests. And we support those interests.

President George W. Bush meets with Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheik Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, in the Oval Office of the White House. White House photo by Eric Draper I also want to thank you for being such a good security partner in the region. I can remember fondly coming to Kuwait and going to our base there, and how appreciative our commanders and our folks based there were for the hospitality of your country.

We talked about the economic situation here in the United States, and I told His Highness -- His Excellency I'm going to go give a speech here in a minute.

And all in all, it was a very good discussion. And I thank you for your friendship, and I welcome you to the United States.

PRIME MINISTER AL-SABAH: Thank you, Mr. President. On behalf of my delegation, I want to thank you for the hospitality, the warm welcome. The discussions that we have had here, Mr. President, concern all the international arena. Our people will not forget the position that United States -- the leadership and the coalition forces to liberate Kuwait in '91.

And since United States has become one of our allies in the region, the discussion that we have had and the mutual interest between both countries in all these fields -- and we are happy, we are glad to see that everything is moving very, very well between the two countries.

Thank you again, and I bring the best wishes of the emirates (inaudible) and the people of Kuwait. Thank you, sir, and the people of United States.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir.

END 10:14 A.M. EDT