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Raising border issue with Kuwait ‘unjustified,’ says Iraqi premier

BAGHDAD, Feb 1, (KUNA): Iraqi Premier Haidar Al-Abadi termed as “unjustified” some parties’ raising issues of Khour (inlet) Abdullah and border demarcation with State of Kuwait, with which borders already demarcated in line with a UN resolution. “The aim of raising these issues at this time is to deviate attention from victory achieved in the city of Mosul,” Abadi told a news conference. “Unjustified media frenzy has been created over Khour Abdullah,” he added. He explained that the government discussed the mapping of maritime boundaries between Iraq and Kuwait MP Hanan Fatlawi had asked Abadi about claims that the the Iraqi government relinquished rights in Khour Abdullah. UN Security Council resolution 833 demarcates land borders and part of maritime boundary up until border sign 162.

Kuwait Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah, in a statement over the issue two days ago, said new maps were needed following maintenance of border signs in line with resolution 833. “We are not changing positions of the signs,” he affirmed. Kuwait and Iraq agreed to start drawing the new maps and will share the cost. “We have informed the UN about Kuwait’s readiness to draw these border maps, and we are awaiting approval of the Iraqi side,” he said. Al-Jarallah explained that Khour Abdullah is a waterway between Kuwait and Iraq. The two countries signed an agreement in 2012 to organize navigation in this inlet.


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