Kuwait re­ceives new info on miss­ing citizens in Iraq

Jar­al­lah says only few is­sues pend­ing be­fore joint meet­ing

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Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled AlJar­al­lah said yesterday that Iraqi au­thor­i­ties have pro­vided him with new in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing miss­ing Kuwaiti per­sons, adding that Bagh­dad “pri­or­i­tizes this tragic hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sue”. The citizens have been miss­ing from the time of the Iraqi oc­cu­pa­tion of Kuwait in 1990/1991. Jar­al­lah made this state­ment dur­ing a meet­ing of se­nior of­fi­cials in prepa­ra­tion for the sixth ses­sion of the joint Kuwaiti-Iraqi Higher Min­is­te­rial Com­mit­tee due to­day.

He noted that he was told by the Iraqi For­eign Min­istry’s Un­der­sec­re­tary for Le­gal Af­fairs Omar AlBarzangi of “new in­for­ma­tion on the is­sue of Kuwaiti miss­ing per­sons”. Jar­al­lah did not dis­close the new facts, which he de­scribed as a “glim­mer of light at the end of a dark tun­nel”. “We urge you to rem­edy this hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sue that has greatly dis­tressed all Kuwaitis,” he added. He also noted that both na­tions have mended fences, with only a few is­sues that need to be sorted out.

A prepara­tory meet­ing was co-chaired by Jar­al­lah and Barzangi, with sev­eral of­fi­cials from both sides at­tend­ing. At the on­set of the meet­ing, Barzangi ap­pre­ci­ated Kuwait’s hu­man­i­tar­ian aid and help in ex­tin­guish­ing oil­field fires, as well as its agree­ment to de­lay Iraqi com­pen­sa­tions. “The Iraqi peo­ple will never for­get those who stood side by side with them un­der such cir­cum­stances,” the Iraqi of­fi­cial said.

On his coun­try’s fight against ter­ror­ism, he said the Iraqi army was mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant gains in its war on ter­ror­ism, and would fully lib­er­ate Mo­sul very soon. On his part, Jar­al­lah said Kuwait at­taches much sig­nif­i­cance to the joint com­mit­tee, which con­sti­tutes a solid foun­da­tion for better re­la­tions be­tween both coun­tries, es­pe­cially as the com­mit­tee looks into all de­tails that con­cern both neigh­bors. He added that Kuwait is proud of its sup­port to Iraq, and is in­ter­ested in Iraq’s sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity.

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