351. 7/25/1990

Ambassador April Glaspie to President Saddam Hussein during a documented exchange on July 25, 1990: “I admire your extraordinary efforts to rebuild your country. I know you need funds. We understand that and our opinion is that you should have the opportunity to rebuild your country. But we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait.
I was in the American Embassy in Kuwait during the late 60’s. The instruction we had during this period was that we should express no opinion on this issue and that the issue is not associated with America. James Baker has directed our official spokesmen to emphasize this instruction. We hope you can solve this problem using any suitable methods via [Arab League Secretary General Chedli] Klibi or via President Mubarak. All that we hope is that these issues are solved quickly.”

– Special to The New York Times, “CONFRONTATION IN THE GULF; Excerpts From Iraqi Document on Meeting With U.S. Envoy,” New York Times, September 23, 1990

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