Kuwait to open commercial attaché at consulate in Basra, as FM visits Iraq

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Jul 2023

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah arrived Sunday in Iraq on an official visit to discuss issues of common interest, including oil, border demarcation, as well as strengthening bilateral relations between Kuwait and Baghdad.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, right, and his visiting Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Salem Abdullah al-Jaber al-Sabah, left, attend a press conference, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 30, 2023. AP


"We have decided to open a commercial attaché at the Kuwaiti consulate in Basra," Al-Sabah said, during a press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Baghdad, according to Iraqi News Agency (INA).

He also expressed Kuwait's willingness to restore the historic commercial relationship to normal, according to INA.

The Iraqi Foreign Minister stated that the issue of border demarcation was discussed, and both sides agreed to continue the meetings of the committees on the file, emphasizing the need to resolve border issues between Iraq and Kuwait.

"The oil file and the joint fields were part of our discussions," Hussein said, adding that "the right framework for solving problems is dialogue."

He also indicated that "both sides discussed the process of facilitating visits between the two countries."

Al-Sabah is scheduled to meet with Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid, Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al-Sudani, and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Halbousi, according to Kuwait state media.

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