Teh Arab Times reports that Kuwait is ready to sign an agreement with Iraq to guarantee that the Mubarak Al-Kabeer port project will not hinder the construction of Iraq's Grand Faw port.
According to the Director of Information at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aous Al-Tamimi, the Iraqi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ali Al-Sajri held a meeting with the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Iraq Ali Al-Momen to discuss issues of mutual interest, during which they deliberated the construction of Mubarak Al-Kabeer port and its effects, where Al-Momen assured that the project will not affect Iraq's port project, or its regional waters.
Meanwhile, Al-Momen had indicated readiness to sign an agreement to allay their fears, and went ahead to present some maps and aerial photographs of the location which showed the two projects are 20 kilometers apart. The two countries stand to gain economically, so they agreed to set up a joint technical committee to resolve the issue, whereas a high-powered delegation from Iraq, involving ministers, lawmakers and experts will soon visit Kuwait for further talks on the project.
In the wake of campaign by Iraq against the construction of Mubarak Al-Kabeer port, and statements issued by Iraqi MPs, the Director of Consultative Studies at Kuwait's Ministry of Public Works, Sorour Al-Otaibi, has stated that almost 48 percent of the work in the first phase of the project has been completed, reports Al-Anba daily.