Kuwait FM welcomes "historic flight" by Iraqi Airways
27/02/2013 | 09:44 PM | Kuwait News
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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