Top US official travelling to Gulf countries

Jeffrey Feltman will travel to the Middle East in view of the series of uprisings in the region.

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 14:07 PM IST

Washington: The Obama Administration is
sending its top official to the Middle East in view of the
series of uprisings in the region.

Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman will travel to Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and the
UAE from February 22 to March 2, the State Department
announced yesterday.

In Kuwait, he will attend the celebration commemorating
the 50th anniversary of Kuwait`s independence and the 20th
anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait by US-led Coalition

During his trip to the Gulf, Feltman will reaffirm
America`s commitment to its longstanding partnerships in the
region as well as universal human rights, freedom of
expression, and the promotion of democratic principles.

"He will also reiterate to leaders that, while each
country is unique, recent events in the region underscore the
critical need to address calls for social, political, and
economic reform in a peaceful, inclusive, and transparent
manner," the State Department said.

"US remains prepared to continue assistance efforts to
support increased opportunity, prosperity, and civil society
in the region," the statement said.