LONDON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a phone call with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, the State Department said on Monday.
During the call, they discussed “Russia’s threats against Ukraine and the importance of dialogue to de-escalate the situation,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
The West has accused Russia of deploying tanks, artillery and about 100,000 soldiers on Ukraine’s war-torn eastern border in recent weeks, in what NATO says is preparation for an invasion.
Meanwhile, Blinken also said he looks forward to hosting the Kuwaiti minister soon in Washington for the fifth US-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue.
Spoke with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Al-Sabah today to discuss our enduring partnership and Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s border. I look forward to seeing him soon for the fifth U.S. Kuwait Strategic Dialogue.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) January 17, 2022
The fourth round was held in November 2020, where both government reaffirmed their shared commitment to promote regional stability and security.
Kuwait’s foreign ministry said the two sides also discussed bilateral relations, the strategic partnership between the two countries and ways to enhance them in all fields, as well as the latest regional and international developments.