Further developing bilateral relations on all possible domains will be the main theme of the fourth meeting of the joint Kuwaiti-Iraqi high committee scheduled in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday.
The meeting, to be co-chaired by Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jafari, will focus on means to boost relations between the two countries through the efforts of the committee which was established on January 12, 2011.
Since 2011, a number of key issues on the improvement of Kuwaiti-Iraqi relations were discussed by the senior officials of both countries. Accords concerning the coordination of maritime efforts in Khor Abdallah waterway, customs cooperation and investments were amongst the most important deals struck during the committee’s meetings.
Also since the launch of the committee, high-level visits by Kuwaiti and Iraqi officials occurred.
In 2012, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah led Kuwait’s delegation to the Arab summit which was held in Baghdad cementing Kuwait’s efforts to reconcile with Iraq.
Conversely, a high-level delegation led by then Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari visited Kuwait in 2013.
The visit resulted in the signing of two memos within the framework of the border control and development.
Though diplomatic relations were officially consummated in 2008 with the mutual opening of Kuwaiti and Iraqi embassies in the capitals of both countries, the strongest gesture of reconciliation came when an aircraft belonging to the Iraqi airways landed at Kuwait airport on February 27, 2013, ushering a new era in Kuwaiti-Iraqi relations.