U.S. Relations With Kuwait

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Fact Sheet
August 7, 2018


More information about Kuwait is available on the Kuwait Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-KUWAIT RELATIONS

Since they established diplomatic relations upon Kuwait’s independence in 1961, the United States and Kuwait have enjoyed a long history of friendship and cooperation, rooted in shared values, democratic traditions, and institutions. In August1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. A U.S.-led multinational coalition subsequently liberated Kuwait from occupation in February 1991. The United States has continued to support Kuwait's sovereignty, security, and independence, as well as its multilateral diplomatic efforts to build greater cooperation among the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. From 2003, Kuwait provided the main platform for U.S. and coalition operations in Iraq, and later played a key role in facilitating the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops and associated equipment. Kuwait is an essential partner in the fight against Daesh. A member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, it hosts the headquarters of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. Kuwait is also an important partner in U.S. counterterrorism efforts, including efforts to block financing of terrorist groups.

U.S. Assistance to Kuwait

The United States provides no development assistance to Kuwait. The United States provides military and defense technical support to Kuwait through Foreign Military Sales as well as commercial sales. U.S. personnel assist the Kuwait military with training, education, and readiness.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The U.S. and Kuwaiti governments have signed a trade and investment framework agreement, providing a forum to address mutual trade concerns and needed economic reforms. The United States is Kuwait's largest supplier of goods and services, and Kuwait is one of the United States’ largest markets in the Middle East. Provided their prices are reasonable, U.S. firms have a competitive advantage in many areas requiring advanced technology, such as oil field equipment and services, electric power generation and distribution equipment, telecommunications gear, consumer goods, and military equipment.

Kuwait's Membership in International Organizations

Kuwait and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Kuwait is a participant in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative. From January 2018 through December 2019, Kuwait has a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait is Lawrence R. Silverman; other principal Embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Kuwait maintains an embassy in the United States at 2940 Tilden Street NW, Washington, DC 20008; tel. (202) 966-0702.

More information about Kuwait is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Kuwait Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Kuwait Page
U.S. Embassy
History of U.S. Relations With Kuwait
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Country Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel Information