One can not recall today the 13th anniversary of the return of Iraqi-Kuwaiti diplomatic relations, but the relationship between the two brotherly countries is remembered by the tidal wave that has for many years become an indicator of the history of the region and an engine of international relations.
The border that Saddam Hussein’s army violated in 1990 is the same as the Kuwaiti aid convoys heading north to provide support and assistance to Iraqi displaced people in their ordeal as they battle the forces of terrorism. And extremism.
The border, through which the lightings that set fire to Kuwait’s oil fields during the invasion, were the same. In the opposite direction, the fire engines sent by Kuwait a few months ago to participate in the suppression of the oil fields in Mosul.
The history of the events and the oppressions the more entrenched the rings, the new image of brotherhood and recognition of the other and overcome the past stakes as if the geographical and social common destiny refuses to these two countries, but arrange a brotherly relationship is an example to follow, as described by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi.
Abadi said in an interview with Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on the occasion of the anniversary of the return of relations that although the former regime tried to have our relationship with Kuwait is an arbitrary bloody relationship, but thankfully we succeeded today as two countries to turn that relationship into an example in the region. The balance to those relations has been very successful.
He expressed his hope to end all the outstanding issues between the two countries since the invasion of Kuwait, including the file of Kuwaiti compensation, which left only $ 4.6 billion dollars, stressing Iraq’s commitment to pay it as an imperative and enforceable.
Abadi also pledged to end all other files with Kuwait, including the file of missing Kuwaitis, stressing that his country provided the Kuwaiti government with many information in this regard.
Abadi called for more cooperation between the two countries to overcome the remaining items, stressing that Baghdad is ready for this cooperation to push forward the relationship between the two countries in a way that serves the interests of the two brotherly peoples.
He said his government encouraged Kuwaiti investments in Iraq and urged more cooperation between the two countries in various other bilateral fields.
The legislative authority in Baghdad has no vision of the executive authority on the status of relations between Iraq and Kuwait. The First Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Hamam Hamoudi stressed that the Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations have witnessed a remarkable improvement recently, driven by serious efforts by the two countries to improve them.
In this context, Hamoudi hailed the Kuwaiti leadership’s efforts, led by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who was keen to be one of the first Arab leaders to visit Iraq after the change.
Hamoudi noted the efforts of His Highness the Amir, who contributed to bridging the gap between Iraq and Kuwait, and said that his efforts not only have positive effects on the relations between the two countries but also all the peoples of the region.
He stressed Iraq’s keenness to remove all the remnants of the former regime and establish strong relations between the two neighboring countries, expressing appreciation for the humanitarian support provided by Kuwait to the Iraqi people, especially in the field of building schools, a beautiful message for future generations.
On the other hand, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Iraq Salem Al-Zamanan said that Kuwait’s position is consistent in supporting the security, unity, sovereignty and stability of brotherly Iraq without interfering in its internal affairs. He hoped that efforts to achieve national reconciliation in this country will succeed.
He pointed out that the participation of His Highness the Amir at the Arab Summit held in Baghdad, the highest representation in the level of participation is evidence of Kuwait’s keenness on the return of Iraq to its natural position in the region.
He said Kuwait has spared no effort to help Iraq and its people in all areas, pointing out the achievements of the Kuwait Fund for Economic Development represented by the establishment of 23 model schools in a number of Iraqi provinces, in addition to the Kuwaiti grant for the construction of the surgical hospital in Basra.
On the war on terrorism, Ambassador Al-Zamanan expressed Kuwait’s aspiration to celebrate with the brothers in Iraq by announcing the final victory over the so-called Islamic State Organization.
He said that on the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait was quick to help the displaced in the provinces of Anbar, Salahuddin, Diyala, Kirkuk and Nineveh, promising in 2015 to provide 200 million dollars for the relief of the displaced.
He added that the Kuwaiti aid also included the construction of 38 temporary schools to this day, ensuring a number of orphans and adopting a vocational training project for widows in the affected provinces, preparing mobile medical clinics, building tents, distributing medicine, blankets and school bags in coordination with the competent authorities in Iraq.
The ambassador touched on the meeting held in Kuwait late last April between officials of the Kuwait Fund for Development and the head of the reconstruction fund for the affected areas in Iraq Mustafa Al-Hiti, who discussed what has been accomplished to hold an international conference of development partners for the reconstruction of the affected areas in Iraq as a result of the war against terrorism.
On the political level, the ambassador said that the governments of the two brotherly countries have made great progress in understanding, coordination and cooperation. The number of agreements and memorandums of understanding signed between the two countries reached 53 agreements and memoranda as a result of the positive atmosphere and the sincere desire and goodwill of the two countries.
The Iraqi-Kuwaiti Higher Ministerial Committee has held six meetings over the past six years in Baghdad and Kuwait in rotation, the most recent of which was the Baghdad meeting on December 28, 2016, headed by the two foreign ministers, which resulted in the signing of four agreements in the fields of culture, industry, security and air transport .
Kuwait has resumed diplomatic relations with Iraq after the transfer of power to the Iraqi people on June 28, 2004.