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FM meets Ja’afari, eyes end to regional tensions

Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah receives Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Ja’afari.
Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah receives Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Ja’afari.

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 8, (KUNA): Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah received on Thursday Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Ja’afari, now on a visit to Kuwait. The two sides discussed a range of issues of mutual concern including the latest political and security developments in the Gulf region and beyond.

They also discussed the ramifications of the aggression on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad. Sheikh Sabah Khaled reaffirmed Kuwait’s firm opposition to any violation of the sanctity of diplomatic missions.

He reiterated that the attacks on the Saudi mission in Iran constitute a flagrant violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. While reaffirming Kuwait’s support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Sheikh Sabah Khaled urged easing the tension in the region.

The meeting gathered Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Suleiman Al-Jarallah, Assistant Foreign Minister for Ceremonial Affairs Dhari Al-Ajran, Assistant Foreign Minister for the Minister’s Office Affairs Ayham Al-Omar and Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Homeland Affairs Aziz Al-Dihani as well as several senior officials of the ministry.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministers of the GCC member states are set to hold an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh on Saturday to discuss recent attacks on the Saudi embassy and consulate in Tehran and Mashad respectively. GCC Secretary-General Abdul-Latif Al-Zayani said in a press statement the meeting will be presided by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, the current chairman of the GCC ministerial council.

Iranian protesters had stormed and torched the Saudi diplomatic mission in Iran following the execution of 47 Saudi terror convicts in Saudi Arabia. On Jan 3, Saudi Arabia severed all diplomatic and trade ties with Iran in response to the attacks on its embassy and consulate in Iran. Several countries and regional and international organizations have consequently condemned the storming of the Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran, and affirmed support to and solidarity with Saudi Arabia.

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