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Kuwait Denies Iraqi Naval Vessel Deployed in its Territorial Waters

Kuwait Denies Iraqi Naval Vessel Deployed in its Territorial Waters

Sunday, 1 May, 2022 - 05:15
A general view of Kuwait City. (Reuters)

Kuwait denied on Saturday reports that claimed an Iraqi naval vessel had been deployed to its territorial waters in Khor Abdullah.


In a statement, the Foreign Ministry dismissed the claims that circulated on social media.


It stressed that the Kuwaiti coast guard did not detect any such vessel in the area, adding that cooperation was ongoing with the Iraqi navy in Khor Abdullah.


Iraqi MP Ala al-Haidari had accused the Kuwait coast guard of assaulting and torturing Iraqi fishermen in the Faw region. One of the victims had reportedly died.


Kuwait had condemned his statements, saying they do not reflect the strength of relations between their countries.


Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Majdi Al-Dhafiri received on Wednesday Iraqi Ambassador to Kuwait Al-Manhal Al-Safi to protest the remarks.


He refuted the Iraqi allegations and underscored the highly trusted integrity of the procedures followed by the Kuwaiti Coast Guard.


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