Kuwait Summons Top US Diplomat Over Tweet
Kuwait’s foreign ministry said that it had summoned a senior U.S. diplomat after the American Embassy posted tweets supporting LGBTQ+ rights.
Jim Holtsnider, Acting chargé d’affairs of the U.S. embassy in Kuwait, tweeted a message from the embassy’s verified Twitter account to mark the beginning of Pride month.
“‘All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear no matter who they are or whom they love.’ [President Joe Biden] is a champion for the human rights of [LGBTQI] persons,” the tweet read, along with the hashtags “Pride2022” and “YouAreIncluded.”
According to a report, Kuwait’s government issued a statement saying it had summoned Holtsnider about “the embassy’s publication on its social media accounts of references and tweets supporting homosexuality.”
Kuwait’s foreign ministry said it reminded Holtsnider he was under “the obligation not to publish such tweets” and “respect the laws and regulations in force.”
After Kuwait announced its summons, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price shared the tweet, writing, “The United States stands with the LGBTQI+ community everywhere around the world.”