Kuwaiti FM visit Iraq to boost bilateral ties

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BAGHDAD, June 14 (Xinhua) — Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah arrived Sunday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on an official visit to hold talks with Iraqi leaders aimed at promoting bilateral ties.

A statement by the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said that al-Kadhimi received in his office the Kuwaiti minister, who carried a message from the Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah over the bilateral relations.

“During the meeting, the two sides discussed the challenges of water security and the file of terrorism, which described as a common challenge among the countries of the region, as well as discussing the economic crisis and the decline of global oil prices,” the statement said.

The Kuwaiti minister confirmed that dealing with the economic crisis can be take place on three levels, which are the movement at the world states level, international institutions and at the regional level through cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council, which Iraq can benefit from in the field of electricity interconnection and other areas, according to the statement.

For his part, al-Kadhimi stressed “the importance of strengthening security and economic cooperation between the two countries in a manner that serves the stability and prosperity of the region,” the statement said.

He also pledged that his government will continue to cooperate on the issue of Kuwaiti prisoners in the Gulf War in 1991, it added.

The relations between Kuwait and Iraq have been strengthened in recent years after severing relations for many years following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the U.S.-led war to liberate it in 1991.

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