US President George W. Bush has arrived in Kuwait, after concluding his visit to Israel and the West Bank. It is the first of five Arab states on the Bush agenda and he is to concentrate his efforts on talks to contain Iran’s growing influence in the region.
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, is expected to warn the US President that any military action against Iran would destabilise the region and hit the flow of oil.
Prior to leaving Israel, Bush told NBC that the US would maintain a long-term presence in Iraq if invited to stay by the Iraqi government and it could “easily” last a decade. After Kuwait, Bush heads for Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.