Kuwait names former army chief as Iraq envoy

Kuwait has decided to name former army chief of staff Ali al-Momen as its first ambassador in Baghdad since the 1990 Iraqi invasion of the emirate, the official KUNA news agency said on Thursday.

Kuwait names former army chief as Iraq envoy
Kuwait's emir is expected to issue a decree naming Momen as ambassador, KUNA quoted Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Sabah as saying.

The report, issued in a text message, gave no further details.

It will be the first time Kuwait has had an ambassador in Baghdad since it was invaded by Saddam Hussein's regime in 1990.

Bahrain, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have all recently named ambassadors.

Momen, who was chief of staff in the 1990s and subsequently retired from the army, heads a centre set up in Kuwait in coordination with the United Nations to provide humanitarian aid to Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam.

No Arab ambassador is currently in post in Baghdad for security reasons.

Kuwaiti foreign ministry undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah said last week that the Kuwaiti embassy will probably be located in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone compound which houses government offices and the US embassy.

Agencies
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