Kuwait welcomes Iraq envoy after 20-year hiatus

March 3, 2010
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Mohammad Husain Bahr Al Uloom – Al Watan

Kuwait has welcomed the nomination of an Iraqi ambassador as “a good move” that indicates a clear recognition of its sovereignty.

Iraq on Tuesday said that it appointed Mohammad Husain Mohammad Bahr Al Uloom as its ambassador to Kuwait, a post that has been vacant since 1990 when Iraqi troops invaded the northern Arabian Gulf emirate and set off the 1991 Gulf War.

Kuwait’s foreign minister, Shaikh Mohammad Sabah Al Salem, said that the nomination after a 20-year hiatus was a good move, while a foreign ministry official denied pressure from either Baghdad or Tehran on Kuwait City to approve the nomination.

“The nomination of Mohammad Husain Mohammad Bahr Al Uloom was in consultation with the Kuwaiti foreign ministry,” the official said. “The designated envoy has had good positions towards Kuwait. He and his family lived here for some time and have several investments. The envoy also enjoys good relations with Kuwaiti nationals,” the official was quoted as saying by Kuwaiti daily Al Watan.

The official said that the announcement of the nomination as Kuwait celebrated its liberation anniversary from the 1990 Iraqi invasion was “a coincidence and did not aim to provoke or send signals to the families of POWs and martyrs.”

“The nomination was decided in early February, but was approved on Tuesday,” he said.

The Iraqi nominee is the son of Shiite scholar and politician Mohammad Bahr Al Uloom and the brother of the former oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr Al Uloom.

Mohammad Al Haj Humood, the Iraqi foreign affairs undersecretary, said that the envoy “is in a long line of eminent individuals from an illustrious and well-known family who long struggled against the Baath party and the Saddam Husain regime.”

The new ambassador would tackle the pending issues between Kuwait and Iraq after the general elections and the composition of the new government, Al Haj Humood said.

“We are keen on starting a new chapter in the diplomatic, cordial and constructive relations between Iraq and Kuwait and based on mutual respect and appreciation,” he said.

Al Haj Humood said that he expected the ambassador to take up his post in Kuwait City two weeks after the Kuwaiti official approval.

Kuwait in July 2008 named its first ambassador to Iraq and last month, the Kuwaiti embassy celebrated Kuwait’s National Day for the first time in 19 years in the Iraqi capital.

 

         

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