Top US official travelling to Gulf countries
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 14:07
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 forces.

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.


First Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 14:07

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