Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Kuwaiti Minister of Defense, His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah to reaffirm the strength of the U.S.-Kuwait partnership and to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. 

The Secretary expressed gratitude for Kuwait’s generous role as a transit location as the U.S. military conducted the evacuation and retrograde mission from Afghanistan.  Both leaders pledged to continue cooperation on regional security issues.

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