Kuwaiti Delegation to Visit Tehran Soon

The Kuwaiti delegation is expected to deliver a message from the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council regarding key regional issues
Bahram QasemiBahram Qasemi

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said a delegation of Kuwaiti diplomats headed by Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid al-Sabah is expected to arrive in the Iranian capital Tehran "in two-three days".

Speaking in a regular press briefing on Monday, Qasemi stopped short of confirming that Kuwait's top diplomat will carry a special message from the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council.

"We should wait for him to come and hold discussions. We will definitely talk about bilateral relations, regional issues and international developments, but I can't give information on whether he will deliver any messages," ISNA quoted Qasemi as saying.

Kuwait's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah first announced on January 12 that the country is going to relay a message to Iran from the Persian Gulf Arab states, noting that contacts were underway "with the Iranian brothers to set a proper date to deliver that message."

The Kuwaiti official did not elaborate on the content of the message.

Jarallah had first said on December 16 that Kuwait is in consultations with Iran on behalf of (P)GCC.

"No date has been set for meetings yet, but the two countries are exchanging messages to inform Tehran of [P]GCC views [regarding bilateral dialogue]."

On December 6, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said in his address to the 37th (P)GCC Summit in Manama that there is a need for "constructive dialogue" between the council and the Islamic Republic.

The Kuwaiti ruler said the talks should center on "abidance by international law, including sovereign rights".

In recent years, Iran and several Persian Gulf Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia, have been at odds over various conflicts in West Asia, notably in Syria, where Saudi Arabia and Qatar are major supporters of militants fighting to bring down the Syrian government while Iran provides advisory services to Syrian troops.

Tehran has repeatedly called for dialogue among Persian Gulf states aimed at settling differences and restoring peace.

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