Monday , September 24 2018

Kuwait, Iraq pledge to enhance ties

Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Al-Jaafari signing a number of deals to enhance cooperation.

BAGHDAD, Dec 28, (KUNA): The Kuwaiti- Iraqi joint committee has concluded its meeting in Baghdad, held under co-chairmanship of Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari. During the concluding session, the Iraqi foreign minister recalled the good positions and support of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah towards Iraq under difficult circumstances since 2003.

He thanked Kuwait for its backing to Iraq during its war on the so-called Islamic State (IS), for its condemnation of terrorist attacks in Iraq, for its swift response to requests to join efforts to quench oilfield fire in the country, and for its agreement to delay due compensations.

The Iraqi minister congratulated Kuwait on the election of a new Parliament and formation of a new government, wishing it everlasting security, stability and welfare. He pointed to Iraq’s willingness to develop cooperative relations with Kuwait in economic and oil domains according to memos of understanding and agreements signed by both nations. He reiterated his country’s commitment to following up on the file of Kuwaiti prisoners and missing persons in spite of being fully preoccupied with its ongoing war on terrorism, in addition to the current financial crisis.

On his part, Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said the State of Kuwait is a member of the international coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in a sign of support to Iraq’s anti-terrorism efforts, unity and stability.

Congratulating Iraq on the liberation of territories from the grab of the IS, the Kuwaiti minister said his country has provided Iraq with humanitarian aid worth $200 covering the humanitarian needs of Iraqi internally displaced persons, including $18 million in urgent humanitarian aid.

He added that Kuwait had also offered $176 million during a donors conference held in Washington on July 20. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled also hailed the maritime navigation agreement signed by both countries in December. At the conclusion of the joint committee meeting today, both sides signed four agreements bearing on cooperation in the industrial, cultural and air-transport domains.

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