Iraqi premier: Confidence bet. Iraq, Kuwait much greater than fears

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi

Baghdad ( – Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said that the growing confidence between Iraq and Kuwait is far greater than previous fears between the two countries.

“The extent of the built confidence, the large joint common issues and the future prospects are far greater than the fears and obstacles between the two countries,” Kuwait’s news agency (KUNA) quoted Abdul Mahdi as saying in an interview with a number of Iraqi satellite channels.

He added that “the current joint horizons between Iraq and Kuwait did not exist at any time.. Although there are still some outstanding problems.”

Abdul Mahdi stressed that the policy of his government depends on the diagnosis and maximizing of the common issues rather than relying on the points of contention.

Abdul-Mahdi’s statement comes at a time when the Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations are witnessing a remarkable development culminated through the visit of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Baghdad last June 19 on a visit described as historic.

Kuwaiti Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan visited Basra five days ago and met with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed Al-Ani as part of the two countries’ efforts to open a free trade zone and develop their border ports in order to increase the volume of trade exchange.

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