Iraq to re­turn TV, ra­dio ar­chives to Kuwait

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BAGH­DAD: Iraqi For­eign Min­istry Un­der­sec­re­tary Hazem Al-Yousefi in­formed Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador in Bagh­dad Salem Al-Za­manan of the trans­fer sched­uled next week of Kuwait TV and ra­dio ar­chives, read a min­istry state­ment. Bagh­dad took the move in the wake of its com­mit­ment to en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, mainly in the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic do­mains, and to re­solve all un­re­solved predica­ments, the ar­chive mat­ter in­cluded. It comes “af­ter ef­forts were ex­erted to search for and gather the Kuwaiti ar­chives, in ac­cor­dance with Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion 2107,” or­dered by Iraqi For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Al-Hakim, added the of­fi­cial. United Na­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be in at­ten­dance dur­ing the hand over, he said. Iraqi forces looted Kuwaiti na­tional ar­chive, in­clud­ing those of TV and Ra­dio, dur­ing the sev­en­month oc­cu­pa­tion of Kuwait in 1990-91.

Sep­a­rately, Hakim praised Kuwait’s sup­port for his coun­try, call­ing on the Kuwaitis to in­vest in re­con­struc­tion projects in Iraq. This came dur­ing a meet­ing with Am­bas­sador Za­manan on Tues­day. A state­ment by the Iraqi For­eign Min­istry said that the Min­is­ter stressed the im­por­tance of co­or­di­nat­ing po­si­tions in in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and the League of Arab States, call­ing for ex­chang­ing vis­its be­tween of­fi­cials of the two coun­tries in the frame­work of en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and ex­chang­ing ex­per­tise.

The min­is­ter re­it­er­ated his thanks to Kuwait’s sup­port for his coun­try, es­pe­cially in host­ing the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence for the Re­con­struc­tion of Iraq, call­ing on the Kuwaiti side to in­vest in Iraq and con­tribute to the re­con­struc­tion of in­fra­struc­ture. Mean­while, Za­manan stressed the good re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, call­ing for a new round of meet­ings of the Iraqi-Kuwaiti Joint Com­mit­tee. He also re­newed in­vi­ta­tion to the Min­is­ter to visit Kuwait to dis­cuss com­mon files.

BAGH­DAD: Iraqi For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Al-Hakim meets with the Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Iraq Salem Al-Za­manan. —KUNA

Iraqi For­eign Min­istry Un­der­sec­re­tary Hazem Al-Yousefi meets with Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador Salem Al-Za­manan.

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