Guterres hails Amir, Kuwait; Pompeo, Pence praise ties

WASHINGTON: (From left) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, US Vice President Mike Pence and Kuwaiti Ambassador to the US Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah are seen during the Kuwait-America Foundation gala dinner for UNHCR held at the Kuwait Embassy. – KUNA

WASHINGTON: HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah “is a living symbol of wisdom and compassion… being the only personality in the world that the UN has recognized as a humanitarian leader of the world,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said.
Delivering his speech about Kuwait and its generosity at the Kuwait-America Foundation’s gala dinner for UNHCR held at the Kuwait Embassy – an event attended by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, and other officials – Guterres praised Kuwait and its leader for commitment to humanitarian causes around the globe, affirming that he is very fond of Kuwait’s efforts.

Pence said it was an “honor” for him and his wife to be part again of the Kuwait-America Foundation’s annual gala dinner, what he said is “becoming a family tradition”. Pence thanked the “incredible leaders” who are so generous for these efforts, saying it is “remarkable to think” of what the KAF has helped raise in the past 13 years for humanitarian causes.

Pompeo was the recipient of this year’s Kuwait-American Foundation’s Humanitarian Award. “Kuwait doesn’t just write the cheques…they hold conferences to get others to contribute to these important causes. They mobilize others in the finest tradition of global leadership,” he affirmed. Pompeo praised the bilateral relationship between the US and Kuwait, saying, “these two countries have a long history together and a very special history.” – KUNA