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Reagan Invites Kuwait Leader To U.S., Official Says

April 11, 1988

KUWAIT (AP) _ President Reagan has invited Kuwait’s crown prince and prime minister, Sheik Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah, to visit the United States, Kuwait announced Sunday.

Rashed Abdel-Aziz al-Rashed, minister of state for Cabinet affairs, told reporters the invitation was intended to discuss ways of strengthening relations and exchanging views on issues of mutual interest.

He did not say whether the invitation was connected to the hijacked Kuwait Airways jumbo jet and the terrorists’ demand that Kuwait release 17 terrorists convicted for the 1983 bombings of the U.S. and French embassies here.

White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said he was unaware of the invitation. However, White House policy usually is to allow other countries to announce such visits first.

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