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U.S. Department of State
93/02/22 Remarks with Kuwaiti ForMin Sabah, Kuwait
Office of the Spokesman

Joint remarks by 
Secretary of State Warren Christopher 
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Shaikh Sabah
Kuwait City, Kuwait
February 22, 1993

Secretary Christopher:  Good morning.  Mr. Minister, thank you very much 
for your warm welcome.  Two years ago almost to the day, American 
soldiers liberated this airport, sealing the commitment of the United 
States to Kuwait's independence and security.

President Clinton sent me here on my first trip outside of the United 
States to reaffirm that commitment to the people of Kuwait, to our other 
friends in the [Persian] Gulf, and to any who might be tempted again to 
pose a threat in this region.

I want to take this occasion to stress the importance that the Clinton 
Administration attaches to the full implementation of all the UN 
Security Council resolutions relating to Kuwait as well as the measures 
enacted to monitor and enforce those resolutions.

None should doubt the resolve of the United States to see that the will 
of the United Nations is carried out and carried out fully and 
completely.  Let me be clear about these matters.  We bear no ill will 
to the suffering people of Iraq.  We seek no military confrontation, but 
the pain inflicted on the Iraqi people is the responsibility of [Iraqi 
President] Saddam Hussein's regime, not the international community.

Saddam Hussein's regime is well aware [of] what they must do to meet the 
requirements of the United Nations, including the requirement that it 
end the repression of the Iraqi people.  Saddam Hussein must know that 
there is no substitute for full compliance.  In this regard, I want to 
affirm that we will not forget the hundreds of Kuwaitis and others who 
remain unaccounted for in defiance of UN requirements.

No one who has witnessed the vivid scenes of devastation perpetrated on 
Kuwait by the Saddam Hussein regime could fail to be impressed by the 
remarkable progress which has been made since the liberation.  And those 
who have stood side by side with Kuwait in rolling back Saddam's 
aggression will welcome the restoration of Kuwait's active parliamentary 
system.  We hope to see further steps in this direction of 
democratization.  On behalf of President Clinton, let me say how glad I 
am to have an opportunity to come here and to underscore in person the 
President's commitment to our continued obligations with respect to 
security and stability in the region.

Our friends can rest assured that the United States will be with them in 
the future as we have been in the past.  As long as the people of this 
region are subject to the threat of aggression, our friends can rely on 
the steadfast vigilance of the United States.  Thank you very much, Mr. 
Minister, again for welcoming me here.  I am very pleased to be here for 
a stay that is much too short but, nevertheless, is meaningful to me.  
Thank you, Mr. Minister.

Foreign Minister Shaikh Sabah (Kuwaiti translation):  I am pleased to 
welcome His Excellency, Warren Christopher, the Foreign Minister of the 
United States.  I am pleased as well to praise, on this occasion, the 
excellent relations binding two friendly countries and to laud the stand 
of both President Clinton and the US Administration that supports the 
Kuwaiti just causes and [that] truly reflect[s] the extent of the US 
awareness of its role and its international responsibilities and the 
respect of the principles of justice and right.  We should keep in mind 
the respect of the great role that the United States has played and 
still [plays] with all peace-loving countries in the world to establish 
peace and stability in the world.  [There is] no doubt that this tour by 
His Excellency in the Middle East represents the true and constructive 
role of the United States as a great power and its belief in its 
obligations toward defending international peace and security.

This visit comes while our area still [is] suffering the consequences of 
the brutal Iraqi aggression as a result of Iraqi regime reluctance and 
obstinacy in implementing the [UN] Security Council resolution[s] 
related to its aggression against the state of Kuwait--in particular, 
those related to the Kuwaiti POWs [prisoners of war] and detainees and 
[to] the repeated violations by that regime to the inviolability of the 
international Kuwait borders and his [that regime's] continuance of 
false claims against Kuwait.

This visit is considered a good opportunity to have consultations about 
the current situation in the Gulf area, due to the common faith that the 
security in this area is an integral part of the security and stability 
in accord[ance] with international resolutions [and] is an important and 
vital factor in [the] peace-making process in the world.  We are looking 
to have fruitful relations with the visiting [delegation], just aiming 
at serving the interests of our two friendly countries and enforcing the 
international position and its solidarity in standing against [the] 
Iraqi regime, which [in] its continuity in power represents a deviation 
from the simplest international norms and regulations and a direct 
threat to the international peace and security.