Foreign Secretary and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister look to the future

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, met today on the 20th anniversary of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

Following their meeting, the Foreign Secretary said:

“Today I met the Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Dr Mohammad Al-Sabah. It is not an accident that we met today, on the 20th anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, a significant day for both our countries, and a milestone in our long-standing relationship. But our discussion confirmed for me how far both Kuwait and the wider region have come since that time. We were able to focus not on history but on how to deepen further the relationship between the UK and Kuwait, including through trade, and the key role that Kuwait now plays in the Gulf region. We also discussed how the relationship between Kuwait and Iraq could be developed, and I look forward to continuing that conversation.”

Kuwait was invaded in August 1990 and occupied for seven months until its liberation in February 1991 by an international military coalition. Kuwait has bounced back economically from the losses caused by the invasion and is a generous aid donor.