Kuwait seeks Iran position

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Deputy Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 27, (Agencies): Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister said Iran’s ambassador has vowed that a position will be taken on a senior Iranian Air Force officer’s repeated remarks that a Kuwaiti military base was, alongside other bases, involved in a recent operation in Baghdad.

Kuwait has “not yet received a response from the Iranian foreign ministry,” but Deputy Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said his talks with the Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Irani were “positive.” “We sensed the Iranian ambassador’s acknowledgement of Kuwait’s anxiety and concern over the news, and the ambassador promised us that this would be reported to Tehran. “We also requested for there to be a position (on the matter) and the ambassador promised this would be the case – we are currently awaiting this position.”

Al-Jarallah also highlighted that talks remain ongoing between Kuwait’s Charge d’Affaires in Tehran and Iranian officials. Kuwait’s foreign ministry summoned the Iranian ambassador last Friday over the matter, during which the deputy foreign minister expressed “dismay and puzzlement” at the repetition of the remarks, categorically rejecting any notions that any aircraft had flown from Ali Al-Salem Airbase to take part in the operation. Kuwait’s Armed Forces, in an earlier statement, also denied the involvement of any Kuwaiti bases in the said operation.

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