Kuwait expresses support for int’l presence in Iraq


"We have asked our brothers in Iraq to move toward national conciliation, especially as we believe that Iraq is a country rich in resources and able to stand on its own feet," he said.

Moreover, he said the conferees were able to formulate a vision over the role the UN could play in Iraq.

There is a consensus over this role within the framework of the UN Security Council Resolution 1770 on expanding UN operations in Iraq, he said.

Moreover, the Kuwaiti foreign minister said the idea of establishing a coordination office for regional dialogue was being mulled, explaining that this office would support efforts of the Arab League and neighboring states with regard to assisting Iraq.

The meeting on Iraq was co-chaired by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. It was attended by foreign ministers representing the UN Security Council’s five permanent members, the eight leading industrialized nations (G-8), the neighboring countries, and high-level representatives of regional and international organizations.

On a different note, Sheikh Mohammad said he held "fruitful" talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki, adding that the two sides discussed bilateral relations and "the recent problems that surfaced following individual actions by some Iranians." He said the two sides agreed to further pursue this issue in another meeting next week.

In response to a question on the role that Iran could play in the region, the Kuwaiti foreign minister said, "Iran is a neighbor and thus has its responsibilities, which we expect it to honor."


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