Kuwait says to attend ministerial conference of Iraqi neighbors

Kuwait's acting Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah said Sunday his country would attend the third conference of the interior ministers of Iraqi neighbors due to be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, later this month.

He said Interior Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al- Sabah would represent Kuwait at the conference to discuss supporting the Iraqi political process.

The first and second meetings of the interior ministers of Iraq 's neighboring countries were held in Tehran and Istanbul in 2004 and 2005.

Participating countries included Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria, Iran, Turkey and Iraq.

Kuwait and Iraq resumed diplomatic relations and reopened their border after the 2003 U.S.-led war on Iraq.

Border violations occurred repeatedly recently. On Aug. 22, a group of gunmen fired at Kuwaiti border police from the Iraqi side. On Sept. 1, some armed Iraqi insurgents ambushed a Kuwaiti border police patrol.

Kuwait has formally complained to the Iraqi government twice of border incidents and asked it for a quick response.

There were no reports of casualties in these incidents, but Kuwait said they threatened the country's security and sovereignty and harmed the ties with Iraq.

Source: Xinhua

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