Kuwait to open an embassy in Baghdad: minister

Kuwait is looking to open an embassy in Iraq for the first time since Saddam Hussein invaded his tiny oil-rich neighbor in 1990, the country's foreign minister said Sunday.

Kuwait to open an embassy in Baghdad: minister
Kuwait closed its embassy in Baghdad after Iraq's invasion and the ensuing 1991 Gulf War, which saw U.S.-led forces intervene to throw out Saddam's army and end Iraq's seven-month occupation of Kuwait.

Sheik Mohammed Al Sabah told reporters that Kuwait is looking to buy a building in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone to house the new embassy.

A new Kuwaiti ambassador to Iraq would be named after Baghdad selected its ambassador to Kuwait, Sheik Mohammed said. The Iraqi Embassy in Kuwait, which reopened after Saddam was ousted following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, is currently led by a charge d'affaires.

But Sheik Mohammed downplayed comments made Saturday by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who said Iraq's neighbors have no excuse for withholding diplomatic and economic support for the Iraqi government.

The foreign minister said he does not "need a foreigner to tell me the importance of opening an embassy in Baghdad."

Rice was in Baghdad on Sunday and is scheduled to travel to Kuwait to attend a key meeting about Iraqi security Tuesday.

Tuesday's meeting in Kuwait involving Iraq's neighbors and world powers will discuss ways to help Iraq secure its borders and improve internal security and stability.

Sheik Mohammed said foreign ministers from Iraq and its neighbors will meet Monday evening ahead of the larger meeting, which will also be attended by representatives of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, the Group of Eight industrialized nations and all Arab countries in the Persian Gulf.

Last Mod: 21 Nisan 2008, 18:23
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