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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the President on Anniversaries Being Observed in Kuwait

On behalf of the people of the United States, I congratulate the government and people of Kuwait on the 50th anniversary of their independence on February 26.  Kuwait is a long-standing friend and partner of the United States, and we thank His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for his steadfast partnership and friendship.
February 26 is also the 20th anniversary of Kuwait’s liberation by U.S.–led coalition forces.  On that day, the international community, having rejected outright aggression and acted to reverse it, stood shoulder to shoulder with Kuwait in securing its freedom and sovereignty.  I take this opportunity to honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom in that undertaking - Kuwaitis, Americans, and other coalition partners alike. I also wish to reinforce our enduring commitment to the peace and prosperity of the region.