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Kuwait, Iraq to turn over new leaf - FM
November 3, 2014, 8:21 am
First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari during the press conference.

First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said Sunday the last three years saw Kuwait and Iraq having a sincere desire to iron out all issues left unsettled in the past.

"The bilateral ties have made steady and continuous advances," Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said in a joint press conference with visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari after their talks at the headquarters of the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry.

"The political leaderships of both countries are keen on strengthening cooperation in all fields, turn over a new left and take the bilateral ties to a new height," he stressed.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled noted that the joint higher ministerial committee will be meeting by the end of this year to discuss all issues of common concern.

On the just-ended talks, he said they "reflected the brotherly spirit of the bilateral ties, and covered the political, security and humanitarian situations in Iraq as well as the regional and international efforts to help the Iraqi government stabilize the country.

"Kuwait is closely monitoring the humanitarian situation in Iraq in the wake of the recent unrest and works to alleviate the suffering of the displaced Iraqis. We will scale up the relief effort for the Iraqis with the advent of winter," he said.

Kuwait is committed to the UN Security Council resolutions 2170 and 2178 relating to the combat against terrorist and financing for terrorism, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said, noting that the country's efforts to promote the anti-terrorism legislations drew international praise.

He thanked the Iraqi government for facilitating the opening of two Kuwaiti consulates in Basra and Irbil, noting that the two consulates and the Embassy in Baghdad as well as the Iraqi Embassy in Kuwait will work out the necessary mechanisms for facilitating the issuance of visas for Iraqi people willing to visit Kuwait.

Regarding the Iraqi-Saudi relationship, he said they benefit not only the countries of the Gulf region but the world at large, affirming the need for the two countries to maintain "normal neighborly relations."

On his part, Al-Jaafari who started a two-day visit to Kuwait, said his talks with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in presence of Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled showed that the two countries have identical views on the security risks facing Iraq.

"The leaders of both countries seek to open new horizons for cooperation particularly in the political and security domains," the Iraqi Foreign Minister affirmed.

He congratulated His Highness the Amir on the UN honoring of him as "Humanitarian Leader" and of Kuwait as "Humanitarian Center" in September.

"This honoring is a source of pride for not only Kuwait but the Arab and Muslim world and humanity as well," Al-Jaafari said.
"Iraq and Kuwait are working on the outstanding issues and the undersecretaries of the two foreign ministries will be meeting in Baghdad in December to press ahead with the topics of the agenda," he pointed out.

Asked about the security situations in Iraq, Al-Jaafari said the security forces suffered a setback in Mosul in August due to "exceptional circumstances," but now they make "noticeable advances and victories" against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

"The Iraqi army and security forces managed to control the unrest in Mosul and prevent its spread to Anbar and other neighboring provinces. It was not easy for Iraq to allow foreign military intervention against ISIL," he said, hinting to the airstrikes by the US-led coalition on ISIL camps.

He appreciated the Kuwaiti logistic and humanitarian support to Iraq in the framework of the International coalition.

"Kuwait, represented by its top leader His Highness the Amir, stands up for Iraq at all international forums and offers whatever needed in the combat against terrorism," Al-Jaafari went on.

On the Iraqi-Saudi ties, he said his country attaches great importance to cementing the relations with all neighbors based on mutual respect and common interests.

On Turkey Al-Jaafari refuted accusations against Ankara of backing terrorist organizations, attributing the Iraqi media reports in this connection to some controversial remarks in Ankara.

He added that he plans to visit Turkey in the framework of efforts to bridge the gaps between the two countries and improve the relations with all neighboring countries.

The Iraqi minister lauded the Iranian support to his country in its efforts to combat against terrorism and maintain security, stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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