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Carter Thanks Kuwait's Leaders for Strategic Partnership

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 – In Kuwait, Defense Secretary Ash Carter expressed U.S. appreciation for the strategic partnership between the United States and Kuwait during his meetings with His Highness Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Khalid al-Jarrah al-Sabah, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued today.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, meets with the Amir of Kuwait Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Feb. 23, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

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Appreciation for Strategic Partnership

Carter also expressed his thanks for Kuwait's willingness to host U.S. and coalition forces in support of military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Kirby said in the statement.

The leaders also discussed their shared commitment to continue the two nations' close security cooperation during Carter’s leadership of the defense department, Kirby said.

Afghanistan, Middle East Visit

The meetings come at the end of the defense secretary’s first week in office, the admiral said, during which he made it a priority to travel to Afghanistan and the Middle East.


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Click photo for screen-resolution imageU.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Jarrah al-Sabah in Kuwait City, Feb. 22, 2015. During his first overseas trip as defense secretary, Carter plans to meet with senior U.S. military and foreign leaders to assess operations in Afghanistan and the regional effort to contain and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett  
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