Kuwaiti prime minister: Iran`s role in Iraq is positive
Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - ©2003 IranMania.com
Kuwait City, Sept 2, IRNA -- Kuwait`s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad said here on Monday in a meeting with Iran`s Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Kharrazi that "Kuwait is sure Iran`s role in Iraq and the region is positive, as it has always been so."
Referring to the Friday martyrdom of Ayatollah Seyed Mohammad Baqer Hakim in Holy city of Najaf, Sheikh Sabah said, "That event was such a painful one, conducted by criminal hands."
He said, "We believe the Iraqi people should be trusted with ruling in their own country, so that they could also properly deal with security there and end the current chaotic conditions."
Touching on bilateral relations, Sheikh Sabah said, "Many memorandam of understanding are signed between the two countries, and we now need to tackle ways for thorough and proper implementation of them."
Referring to Kuwaiti merchants` will to make investments in Iran, and through Iran in Central Asian republics, he said, "There is potentially a huge amount in this country, that needs to be invested abroad, and we seek Iran`s assistance in that regard."
During the meeting, the Islamic Republic`s foreign minister attributed the prevailing tension in Iraq, and the Iraqi people`s dissatisfaction with the ongoing process to "False understanding of the complicated situation of Iraq, imposing a unilateral policy there and not heeding the basic rules of democracy and the Iraqi people`s righteous demands from the occupiers."
Stressing on the need for "constructive cooperation by Iraq`s neighbors", Kharrazi said, "Iran and Kuwait`s cooperation can pave the way for taking the lead by a government that will be trusted by the Iraqi nation in that country."
Evaluating his talks with the Kuwaiti officials as "fruitful and constructive" he said, "Iran and Kuwait have taken long strides towards signing various memoranda of understanding, but both sides should also display the needed will and pave the path for their thorough and full implementation."
The Iranian foreign minister evaluated the Kuwaiti prime minister`s role in improvement of bilateral ties as "positive", adding, "The strong will, and constant consultations of the two sides` top officials will pave the way for taking a long stride towards full implementation of the signed MoUs, as well as Iran and Kuwait`s shared investments in fields of mutual interest."
The Iranian foreign minister arrived Kuwait on Monday morning atop a diplomatic delegation, and was received by his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Muhammad as-Sabah and a number of Iranian and Kuwaiti officials. http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=17729&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs