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Kuwait FM welcomes "historic flight" by Iraqi Airways

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Post by Hkp1 on Wed 27 Feb 2013, 1:23 pm

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Kuwait FM welcomes "historic flight" by Iraqi Airways


27/02/2013 | 09:44 PM | Kuwait News


(With
POL-KUWAIT-IRAQ-FLIGHT) KUWAIT, Feb 28 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Deputy Prime
Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
on Wednesday hailed the "historic" flight of an Iraqi Airways plane that
landed at Kuwait International Airport earlier today.

This is
the first such flight by the airline after 22-year hiatus; it represents
a significant milestone in the bilateral ties between the two sisterly
countries," he said.

Sheikh Sabah made the remarks at a joint
press conference here with visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar
Zebari and Transport Minister Hadi Al-Amri.

"The historic flight
culminates strenuous efforts made by the two neighborly countries to
strengthen the bilateral relations," he pointed out.

After
reaching a final agreement with the Iraqi side last November to settle
the prolonged dispute between Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) and Iraqi
Airways, the Kuwaiti government adopted a decree giving the green light
to the deal.

The decree was later approved by the National Assembly, thus completing the constitutional procedures, he reminded.

Sheikh
Sabah added that he discussed with the Iraqi ministerial delegation a
range of issues and the results of the talks will give a strong impetus
to the bilateral ties.


The two countries are set to reap the
fruits of the joint efforts made over the last year thanks to the
top-level exchange of visits.

Dealing with the issue of Mubarak
Harbor development project, he said: "We took stock of the fact that the
brothers in Iraq are developing Al-Faw Seaport.

So we are keen
that there will be no conflict of interests." "The development of the
two harbors drew praise from the international consultancy agencies," he
said, noting that the two countries are keen on cooperation in all
domains.

It's in Kuwait's interest to help Iraq get rid of the
sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN
Charter,
Sheikh Sabah said, adding that both sides continue working for
settling the issue of the Kuwaiti detainees and missed in action dating
back to early the 1990s.

On his part, Zebari said the flight of Iraqi Airways is of great significance as it meets the aspirations of the two peoples.

"The
current visit of the Iraqi delegation to Kuwait aims to send a message
of amity and fraternity to the Kuwaiti people. We look forward to
creating a bright and prosperous future for both peoples," he added.

Al-Amri
said the KAC-Iraqi Airways dossier was one of the most thorniest and
most complicated disputes that hindered the development of the bilateral
ties for two decades.

"As we were able to iron out this issue,
we turn over a new leaf in the history of the relationship and proceed
to other issues such as the management of maritime navigation,"
the
minister of transport added.

Al-Amri expressed the desire of the
Iraqi government to build even stronger relationship with Kuwait through
cordial talks and constructive dialogue. (end) sss.fnk.abd.gb KUNA
272144 Feb 13NNNN

http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2295557&language=en
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Post by zimi31 on Thu 28 Feb 2013, 5:50 am

@wciappetta wrote:I know it's like Vitamins.....

That's a good analogy Ward!!! I found myself last night, as tired as I was, re-reading all the great news from yesterday...couldn't seem to get enough of it!!! :lol:
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Post by Bama Diva on Thu 28 Feb 2013, 6:45 am

First Iraq plane lands in Kuwait after 22-yr halt – Flight hailed as sign of improving relations


Iraqi officials arrive at Kuwait International Airport

KUWAIT/BAGHDAD: An Iraqi plane landed in Kuwait yesterday for the first time since Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of the state. Iraq’s foreign and transport ministers – Hoshyar Zebari and Hadi Al-Amri – travelled on the symbolic Iraqi Airways flight, hailed by officials as a sign of improving relations between the oil-producing neighbours, and they were greeted by Kuwaiti officials upon landing.

The Iraqi transport ministry said there would now be regular flights between the countries. “Today was the first flight between Iraq and Kuwait after a stoppage that lasted more than 22 years,” the ministry’s media advisor Karim Al-Nuri said. “This visit shows that Iraq has started to be open, especially with the state of Kuwait … I believe that relations are heading in a positive direction.”

The plane was greeted on arrival in Kuwait by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, Iraq’s ambassador to Kuwait Mohammed Hussein Bahr al-Ulum, President of the Kuwait Directorate of Civil Aviation Fawaz Al-Farah and Chairman and Managing Director of Kuwait Airways Corporation Sami Al-Nisf. The plane landed on the Amiri runway at 11:55 am local time with a symbolic ceremony followed by an official reception of the Iraqi guests.

Diplomatic ties between the neighbours were bolstered last year after they came to a settlement over Gulf War-era debts, and by a series of bilateral visits involving HH the Amir and Iraq’s prime minister. In December, Kuwait Airways dropped legal cases against Iraqi Airways in return for compensation of $500 million. Although one small private carrier offers direct flights between the two countries, major airlines route through cities such as Dubai even though the nations’ capitals lie just 560 km apart. Kuwait Airways has yet to restart flights to Iraq.

Nisf said that all outstanding issues between the Kuwaiti and Iraqi national carriers have been completed and fully resolved. On the possibility of operating flights to Iraq, Nisf said “a shortage of aircraft hinders us at the time being”. – Agencies

http://news.kuwaittimes.net/2013/02/27/first-iraq-plane-lands-in-kuwait-after-22-yr-halt-flight-hailed-as-sign-of-improving-relations/
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Post by Bama Diva on Thu 28 Feb 2013, 4:40 pm

(Sorry Neno, had to post one more since I haven't seen this particular report posted. IF it has been posted, oh well. :-) )


Kuwait FM welcomes 'historic flight' by Iraqi Airways

Kuwait News Agency - 28 February, 2013

Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Wednesday hailed the "historic" flight of an Iraqi Airways plane that landed at Kuwait International Airport earlier today.

This is the first such flight by the airline after 22-year hiatus; it represents a significant milestone in the bilateral ties between the two sisterly countries," he said.

Sheikh Sabah made the remarks at a joint press conference here with visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Transport Minister Hadi Al-Amri.

"The historic flight culminates strenuous efforts made by the two neighborly countries to strengthen the bilateral relations," he pointed out.

After reaching a final agreement with the Iraqi side last November to settle the prolonged dispute between Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) and Iraqi Airways, the Kuwaiti government adopted a decree giving the green light to the deal. The decree was later approved by the National Assembly, thus completing the constitutional procedures, he reminded.

Sheikh Sabah added that he discussed with the Iraqi ministerial delegation a range of issues and the results of the talks will give a strong impetus to the bilateral ties.

The two countries are set to reap the fruits of the joint efforts made over the last year thanks to the top-level exchange of visits.

Dealing with the issue of Mubarak Harbor development project, he said: "We took stock of the fact that the brothers in Iraq are developing Al-Faw Seaport. So we are keen that there will be no conflict of interests." "The development of the two harbors drew praise from the international consultancy agencies," he said, noting that the two countries are keen on cooperation in all domains.

It's in Kuwait's interest to help Iraq get rid of the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, Sheikh Sabah said, adding that both sides continue working for settling the issue of the Kuwaiti detainees and missed in action dating back to early the 1990s.

On his part, Zebari said the flight of Iraqi Airways is of great significance as it meets the aspirations of the two peoples.

"The current visit of the Iraqi delegation to Kuwait aims to send a message of amity and fraternity to the Kuwaiti people. We look forward to creating a bright and prosperous future for both peoples," he added.

Al-Amri said the KAC-Iraqi Airways dossier was one of the most thorniest and most complicated disputes that hindered the development of the bilateral ties for two decades.
"As we were able to iron out this issue, we turn over a new leaf in the history of the relationship and proceed to other issues such as the management of maritime navigation," the minister of transport added.

Al-Amri expressed the desire of the Iraqi government to build even stronger relationship with Kuwait through cordial talks and constructive dialogue.

http://www.gulfinthemedia.com/index.php?m=politics&id=636413&lim=&lang=en&tblpost=2013_02

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