WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (KUNA) -- President Donald Trump said on Thursday the US was "proud" to have led coalition forces to rid Iraqi occupation from Kuwait, with whom Washington shares a "strong and enduring partnership." "Today we reaffirm our commitment to our shared security interests and recognize Kuwait's critical contributions to regional stability," he told reporters at the White House after talks with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Trump also thanked Kuwait for its "humanitarian leadership," its commitment to the war on terror and leading efforts to resolve the feud between Qatar and another four Arab countries.
Cooperation has "never been stronger," he said, noting to several deals struck between both countries on intelligence-sharing, military purchases and education.
These include a transfer and purchase deal for US FA-18 Super Hornet fighter jets to Kuwait, worth USD 5 billion, which has already been authorized by the State Department, Trump said.
Furthermore, the FBI and the Kuwaiti government will expand cooperation on counter terrorism and intelligence sharing, he said, adding both countries signed a bilateral agreement on "customs enforcement." The two also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for English language education, he added.
On the other hand, progress is being made on promoting "tremendous" Kuwaiti investments in the US, he revealed.
Separately, he said there was still a chance for peace between the Palestinians Israelis through US efforts.
Also on the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the US president said a military option against North Korea, after its recent nuclear test, was possible but not inevitable but that Washington prefers to avoid it at the moment. (end) sd