SHAFAQNA- Iraqi President Barham Saleh started on Sunday an official visit to Kuwait as part of his first Persian Gulf tour since taking office last month.
“The aims of this visit are establishing good-neighborliness, economic, development integration and joint cultural advancement to serve the peoples of the region”, The Iraqi Presidency said Saturday.
The tour will also include the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Persian Gulf countries have been maintaining cautious ties with Baghdad because of its close relations with Iran since the fall of the former Iraqi regime in 2003.
“Iraqi president will discuss ways of boosting bilateral relations to build strong ties with Iraq’s Arab and Persian Gulf neighbors during his visit”, the statement said, AA reported.
Iraq seeks support to reconstruct the country, especially areas affect by the war against Daesh terrorist group between 2014 and 2017.
Ahead of his official visit to Kuwait, Saleh said he is honored to meet the Kuwait emir and discuss means of boosting cooperation between the two countries.
The visit will include delivering part of Kuwait’s property stored at Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the rest will be delivered in the future, Saleh told Al-Rai newspaper on Saturday.
Saleh further noted that the Iraqi people are determined to cooperate with Kuwait to overcome the painful past and start a new era of development and renaissance.
He also voiced Iraq’s support for Kuwait in light of the damage caused by the recent heavy rains, adding that Iraq is willing to provide any aid needed, Iraqi News reported.
Under the former regime of Saddam Hussein, Iraq had invaded Kuwait in 1990 before being forced out by a U.S.-led international coalition.