01/13/2011, 00.00
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First visit of Kuwaiti prime minister to Iraq since Saddam Hussein

Until 2008 the two countries had no diplomatic relations because of the invasion ordered by Saddam Hussein. Kuwait is still awaiting reparation funds from Gulf War in '90, the restitution of property stolen during the invasion and explanations for hundreds of missing Kuwaitis.

Baghdad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait, is visiting Iraq for the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein to address and resolve issues that date back to the War Gulf in 1990.

According to official statements, the Prime Minister of Kuwait met with Nouri al-Maliki to discuss issues related to borders, security and the economy. Kuwait is still waiting for billions of dollars from Iraq in war reparations established following the Iraqi invasion of 1990-91.

The two countries broke off diplomatic relations after the invasion which were not re-established until about 2008, after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

With the change of regime in Iraq, many countries around the world have written off the Iraqi debts, unlike Kuwait, which still receives 5% of the proceeds of Iraqi oil revenues.

Kuwait is also seeking answers to the question of property stolen during Iraq's invasion and the fate of hundreds of missing Kuwaitis.

An agreement was already reached on how to regulate the extraction of oil along the common border, the lack of these rules was one of the points that sparked the war. The two countries have decided to launch a committee to solve the most important issues.
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