July 17, 2008

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry Hails Kuwait Over Naming Envoy

Text of report in English by Kuwaiti government-owned news agency Kuna website

BAGHDAD, July 17 (KUNA) - Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Thursday [17 July] welcomed the proclamation of the state of Kuwait for the appointment of retired Lieut. Gen Ali Al Mu'min as an ambassador in Baghdad.

Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Muhammad al-Haj Humud told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) here "We welcome the naming of Al-Mu'min as Kuwat's ambassador to Iraq and it is a good step in the right direction".

"We made every effort to develop our relations with our brothers in Kuwait and seek to remove all obstacles that stand in our way," he added.

He continued by saying: "I am confident that Al-Mu'min would be a helpful factor for boosting bilateral relations between Kuwait and Iraq." He said that his government would soon name an ambassador to Iraq in Kuwait, adding that the matter is now before the political leadership to decide who will be selected for this task.

The undersecretary pointed out that the Iraqi embassy in Kuwait has been open for some time and has a charge d'affaires in the rank of minister plenipotentiary.

He said that Iraq will also designate a number of ambassadors in other Arab countries.

Kuwait had decided to appoint Al-Mu'min as an ambassador in Baghdad to be the first ambassador in Iraq since the Iraqi invasion carried out by the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein against Kuwait in 1990.

Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shaykh Dr. Mohammad Sabah al Salem al Sabah said on Thursday that an amiri decree is expected to be issued soon naming Rtr.Lieut.Gen Ali Al Mu'min as ambassador to Iraq.

Speaking to reporters prior to his departure to Cairo to attend meetings of the joint Kuwait-Egyptian Committee, Shaykh Mohammad said a recommendation on the nomination of Al Mu'min has been raised to His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Shaykh Sabah al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah to appoint the diplomat.

Originally published by Kuna news agency website, Kuwait, in English 1540 17 Jul 08.

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