Kuwaiti PM says Iraqi ruling on maritime navigation incorporates ‘historic fallacies’

Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Sabah described an Iraqi ruling on regulating navigation within the Khor Abdullah waterway between the 2 states as containing “historic fallacies”.

In remarks carried by state information company KUNA early on Thursday, Sheikh Ahmad additionally referred to as on Iraq to take “concrete, decisive and pressing measures” to deal with the ruling.

The prime minister’s feedback got here throughout a gathering along with his Iraqi counterpart, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations Common Meeting in New York.

Iraq and Kuwait search to unravel contested border concern

Tensions have been rising between Kuwait and Iraq after the Iraqi Federal Supreme Courtroom earlier this month dominated an settlement regulating navigation within the Khor Abdullah waterway was unconstitutional. The court docket stated the legislation that ratified the accord ought to have been accepted by two-thirds of parliament.

The land border between the 2 was demarcated by the United Nations in 1993 after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, but it surely didn’t cowl the size of their maritime boundaries, and this was left for the 2 oil producers to resolve.

An settlement between the 2 nations was reached in 2012 and ratified by every of their legislative our bodies in 2013.

Sheikh Ahmad additionally referred to as for the whole demarcation of Kuwaiti-Iraqi maritime borders “in accordance with worldwide legislation”, KUNA added, echoing a Wednesday name by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) international locations and the USA.

Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi on Thursday met with a delegation from the Kuwaiti nationwide meeting and emphasised “the significance of respecting and implementing bilateral agreements which can be within the curiosity of the 2 brotherly peoples,” a press release from his workplace stated.

The assertion didn’t refer particularly to the Khor Abdullah waterway.