US sends top Middle East envoy to Gulf

WASHINGTON — Amid growing unrest rocking Arab nations, the United States said Tuesday it was dispatching one of its top diplomats to the Gulf region to press for peaceful political and economic reform.

The top-ranking US envoy for the Middle East, Jeffrey Feltman, was leaving Tuesday for the region on a trip which would last over a week until March 2, the State Department said.

Feltman would travel to Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, the department said in a statement.

The diplomat would “reiterate to leaders that, while each country is unique, recent events in the region underscore the critical need to address calls for social, political, and economic reform in a peaceful, inclusive, and transparent manner,” it added.

In Kuwait, Feltman will also take part in a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence and the 20th anniversary of its liberation from Iraqi troops by US-led coalition forces.

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