By Faten Omar
KUWAIT: The US Embassy in Kuwait held a Patriot Day remembrance ceremony at Camp Arifjan on Monday. The ceremony was attended by several ambassadors, Kuwaiti generals and senior US Army leadership. In his opening remarks, Chargé d’Affaires James Holtsnider noted that September 11 serves as a poignant reminder of how a seemingly ordinary day can quickly turn into a day of tragedy that will never be forgotten.
“Despite the terrible events of September 11, there were numerous examples of bravery and patriotism. We remember the firefighters, police and first responders who answered the call to help others. Among the nearly 3,000 people who perished, we lost over 180 servicemembers and civilians at the Pentagon, and more than 350 firefighters and policemen who heroically rushed into the World Trade Center to save lives,” Holtsnider said. “Today, on Patriot Day, let us all be reminded that patriotism can take many forms.
This observance and day of remembrance serves two purposes. First, we must commemorate and never forget the innocent people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. Second, let this day remind us that ‘freedom is not free’,” he added. Holtsnider praised Kuwait’s ongoing efforts in conducting joint exercises with the United States to combat terrorist activities in the region. “Kuwait has been a terrific partner over the last 20 years. It continues to be important not only for the US, but also for the rest of the world,” he pointed out.
He also revealed that in 2023, both countries are prioritizing cybersecurity training and collaboration. These efforts are crucial for enhancing cybersecurity defenses and bolstering international security. He highlighted that the US is closely collaborating with Kuwait, particularly as Kuwait has been a leader in this domain, having established a national cybersecurity center. On the sidelines of the ceremony, British Ambassador to Kuwait Belinda Lewis commended the visit of HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the United Kingdom, characterizing it as excellent and contributing to the strengthening of strategic relations.
She noted that discussions between HH the Crown Prince and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak covered a wide range of topics related to bilateral relations, including trade and investment. “During the visit, an investment partnership agreement between the two countries was signed, which will further expand Kuwaiti investments in Britain,” Lewis said.
“We look forward to developing areas of common interest such as education, technology, renewable energy and scientific research.” The British ambassador also mentioned that the talks encompassed the free trade agreement, with the British prime minister encouraging Kuwait to elevate its ambitions regarding the agreement. She expressed her hope for progress, whether with Kuwait or other GCC countries. She indicated that the next meeting of the joint steering committee would take place in the UK before the end of the year.