Friday, September 16, 2005

Kuwait - Friend to the USA

The country of Kuwait ran a full page ad showing support for America, expressing its condolences, and re-affirming its friendship with our country.

This ad was accompanied with the country of Kuwait giving a $500 million dollar pledge to Katrina relief efforts.

I have searched for many hours to find the complete text of this ad, but sit here in wonder that I am unable to find not only that ad, but no signifigant MSM coverage of this event.

Why is it that I have to go to the Arab Times to read this?

Kuwait became the biggest donor to Katrina relief efforts, pledging 400 million dollars of oil products and 100 million in cash, to help alleviate the suffering of the people of the southern states that were affected by the devastating hurricane.

Why is it I have to go to KUNA (Kuwait News Agency) to read this?

Energy Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah had said in a statement that the aid would include oil derivatives and humanitarian assistance needed by the victims in the three US states stricken by the hurricane.

Why is it I have to go to to finally at least find this?

Official Press Release:


Kuwait donates $500 million to Katrina relief efforts

Washington, DC (September 6, 2005) - Today US Ambassador to Kuwait Richard LeBaron thanked Kuwait's government and people for the country's US$500 million pledge of assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. "The vast, vast majority of Kuwaitis have been very supportive and sympathetic and have demonstrated deep bonds of friendship between our two societies," Ambassador LeBaron said to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Today Kuwait's Minister of Information Dr. Anas Al-Rashid also issued a statement on the unprecedented natural disaster which read: "How painful it's been for Kuwait to watch the suffering and destitution caused by Hurricane Katrina. It reminds many Kuwaitis of how they almost lost everything during the invasion in the summer of 1990, and how Americans came to their aide. The Kuwaiti government's donation is the least we can offer the great people of the United States, and it's a gesture from my government and people to say that your friends are with you - and our heart and prayers are especially with the victims of this enormous tragedy." Kuwait's Chamber of Commerce today also called for Kuwaiti businesses to lend support to the aid efforts.

As Kuwait made the pledge yesterday, Energy Minister Shaikh Ahmed Fahd Al-Sabah expressed his condolences toward and solidarity with the American people, saying "It's our duty as Kuwaitis to stand by our friends to lighten the humanitarian misery." Today acting National Assembly Speaker Abdulwahab Al-Haroon praised the Kuwait Cabinet's decision to support hurricane victims by saying, "We cannot forget the tremendous role of the U.S. in standing by U.S. during the invasion [of Kuwait in 1990]."

CONTACT - Dr. Fatma Al-Khalifa, Director, Kuwait Information Office, (202) 338-0211, ext 210 or (301) 320-2428

I wish to publicly thank the leadership and citizens of Kuwait here. I have e-mailed to say this and urge you to do the same. The following is an excerpt of what I wrote to them.

Dear leaders and citizens of Kuwait.

It is with great earned respect to your country and citizens that I write to you to express my gratitude for your recent show of support and giving to the Katrina relief efforts.

I thank you.

I thank you not only for your monetary donation, but more for your show of support and solidarity for the United States. That means more to me personally, and is something that money cannot buy.

I titled this article "Kuwait - Friend to the USA". They have shown their friendship to us in this, and in the past. I urge you to show it back.

I urge you to contact the major MSM and ask them like I have ... why are you wanting this event to not be known to the citizens of this country?

I urge you on this National day of Prayer to include the leadership and citizens of Kuwait in your prayers. They are praying for us ... and I would not be surprised if they are honoring our National day of Prayer themselves by including us, and the Katrina victims in their prayers today ... and tomorrow, ...

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