Kuwait will not allow the use of its territories to launch attacks against any country

September 1, 2010
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Kuwait will not allow the use of its territories to launch attacks against any country, the Arabian Gulf country’s defense minister said, in an apparent reference to neighbouring Iran.

Shaikh Jaber Al Mubarak said that the purchase of the Patriot missiles, valued at $900m, was part of the ministry’s plans to improve its military aptitudes and should not be linked with possible military action against other countries.

In August, the US said it planned to sell Kuwait its latest Patriot anti-ballistic missile system to meet “current and future threats”.

“The deal is an old one and was approved a long time ago. It is not recent and aims to reinforce air force and air defense capabilities,” Shaikh Jaber said at a ghabga (late dinner) hosted in honour of retired army staff. “The armed forces regularly purchase modern weapons in order to boost the military structure and power. Such deals do not mean that we plan to attack anyone. However, at the same time, we will not tolerate any aggression on our lands,” he said, quoted by Al Qabas daily.

Last month, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s foreign minister, ruled out allowing the US to use his country to launch attacks on any country.

“The presence of a US naval base in Bahrain does not mean that Manama will allow its use to launch an attack on any country,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said in an interview with the London-based Asharq Al Awsat. “The agreements signed by Manama with Washington are exclusively defence-based and we cannot allow the use of our lands to attack other territories. In fact, there are no attack weapons on the base.”

Both Bahrain and Kuwait are non-major NATO allies, a US government designation of exceptionally close allies who have close strategic ties with US armed forces but are not members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

         

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