Emir of Kuwait to visit Obama to discuss Middle East

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, is due to visit President Obama in Washington on September 13 to discuss Middle Eastern issues, the White House said.

A statement said: "The President looks forward to discussing with the emir a wide range of critical interests and important developments in the Gulf region and broader Middle East."

The visit comes as Mr Obama seeks to gain Congressional support for punitive strikes against Syria in the wake of a chemical attack.

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