United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres arrived in Kuwait from New York on Saturday evening, 27 August, for his first official visit since taking office.
On Sunday, prior to the start of his bilateral meetings, the Secretary-General went to the United Nations House to meet with the staff. He thanked them for their hard work and dedication, and encouraged them to continue to strengthen the relationship between the United Nations and Kuwait.
From there, the Secretary-General met with Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al‑Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait. Following that meeting, the Secretary-General spoke to the media, saying that Kuwait’s agenda is peace and understanding, expressing his support for the country’s mediation efforts in the current Gulf crisis.
While in Kuwait City, the Secretary-General also had separate meetings with Sheikh Sabah Khalid al Hamad al Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Marzouq al-Ghanim, Speaker of the Parliament, along with other members of the legislative body.
Before leaving, the Secretary-General and his delegation were hosted to lunch by the Amir of Kuwait.
The Secretary-General left Kuwait for Israel on Sunday evening.