Kuwaiti foreign minister visit Baghdad, first in 19 years

Other News Materials 26 February 2009 16:43 (UTC +04:00)

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Mohamed Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah arrived in Iraq on Thursday, the first visit by a Kuwaiti official in 19 years, local media reported.

Iraq, under Former President Saddam Hussein, invaded the neighboring Gulf state of Kuwait on August 2, 1990, a move which triggered the first Gulf War in 1991. Relations between the neighbouring states have been icy since, reported dpa.

The Kuwaiti minister was received by his Iraqi counterpart, Hoshyar Zebari.

Zebari, in statements to the Kuwaiti State Agency, KUNA, stressed the importance of the visit, saying that it comes a day after the Kuwaiti embassy in Baghdad celebrated its 48th National Day.

The minister is scheduled to meet Iraq's Foreign Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other government officials. He was also expected to deliver a letter from Kuwaiti Emir containing a follow-up to an economic summit held in Kuwait earlier this year.