AKnews reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accepted an official invitation from the Kuwaiti Prime Minister Naser al-Mouhammed to visit the country in the coming days to discuss the outstanding issues between the two countries.
Among the issues causing tensions between the two neighbours are shared oil fields, land and water border demarcations, and the controversial Mubarak Port on Kuwait’s Boubiyan Island.
Iraq is also criticizing Kuwait for its support of the UN’s Chapter 7 sanctions that were imposed on Iraq after the Second Gulf War in 1991. Kuwait demands reparations for the Iraqi invasion, disclosure of the fate of Kuwaiti MIAs, and the return of the remains of Kuwaitis POWs.
Without Kuwait’s approval, it is not likely that the United Nations Security Council lift the Chapter 7 sanctions.