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Kuwait receives stolen properties from Iraq

KUWAIT CITY, March 29, (KUNA): Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs received, Sunday, from Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the third batch of Kuwaiti property and archives stolen during the 1990 Iraqi invasion . Kuwait Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organizations Affairs Ambassador Nasser Al-Hain, Undersecretary of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Legal Affairs Ambassador Dr Qahtan Al-Janabi, UN Secretary-General Representative and Resident Coordinator to Kuwait Dr Tariq El-Sheikh and Ministry of information Assistance Undersecretary for News and Political Programs Saud Al-Khaldi attended the handover ceremony, which took place at Saud Al-Nasser Al-Sabah Kuwaiti Diplomatic Institute Ambassador Al-Hain said in a statement during the handover ceremony that this “positive step” comes within the commitment of Iraq to implement the Security Council resolutions related to the liberation of Kuwait, especially resolution 2107. He stressed this step would strengthen relations between the two countries, expressing Kuwait welcoming the Iraqi government efforts to complete the handover of all Kuwaiti property and archives.

He explained that the third batch includes properties, archives and some special equipment of the Ministry of Information, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature (NCCAL), and Kuwait University (KU). Asked by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) in regards to the Kuwaiti authorities’ finding an Iraqi soldier’s remains on Boubyan Island, Ambassador Al-Hain said that the General Department of Criminal Evidence at the Ministry of Interior has taken the necessary measures. He added that the soldier’s remains would be handed over to the Iraqi delegation that is currently visiting the country headed by Ambassador Al-Janabi, before leaving the country next Tuesday.

Al-Hain stressed Kuwait keenness to do everything that would end this humanitarian file by identifying the fate of POWs and missing. For his part, Dr Al-Janabi affirmed in a similar statement the keenness of Iraqi government and people to develop bilateral relations with Kuwait, as he considered step taken to hand over the third batch of Kuwaiti property and archives is one of the serious steps in strengthening relations between the two countries. For his part, Dr Al-Sheikh, in a similar statement, praised the Kuwaiti-Iraqi efforts that work towards achieving peace and ending all issues between the two countries, as he affirmed that these efforts aim to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and development of both countries. In turn, Al-Khaldi said in a similar statement that the third batch of Kuwaiti property and archives, which the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs received contains cinematic devices and tapes for Kuwait TV.

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