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Kuwaiti MPs File to Quiz Premier over Iran 'Bias'

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 22 (ICANA) – Three opposition lawmakers Sunday demanded to question the Kuwaiti prime minister in parliament for allegedly harming national security by favoring good ties with Iran over Persian Gulf Arab states.
Sunday, May 22, 2011 9:46:30 PM
Kuwaiti MPs File to Quiz Premier over Iran 'Bias'

The MPs also blame Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmad al-Sabah for damaging ties with Kuwait's Arab partners by failing to promptly dispatch troops to Bahrain to help crush Shiite-led protests, AFP reported.

Last week, several Shiite and Sunni MPs had a fistfight during a parliamentary session when a Shiite lawmaker described the two remaining Kuwaiti inmates in the US Guantanamo detention centre as "terrorists."

The quiz request was filed by radical Sunni Islamist MPs Mohammad Hayef and Waleed al-Tabtabai and independent lawmaker Mubarak al-Waalan, all of whom are staunchly opposed to Iran.

The MPs claim that Sheikh Nasser has been following a foreign policy that is closer to non-Arab Shiite Iran than to members of the Sunni-ruled Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, of which Kuwait is one of the six members.

Last week, parliament agreed to refer another grilling request against Sheikh Nasser to the constitutional court over suspicion it breached the constitution.

Iran and Kuwait have decided to send back their top diplomats back to each other's capitals after a few hours of discussions between the two countries' top officials apparently ended the recent misunderstandings between the two Persian Gulf littoral states.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Kuwait City on Wednesday, Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker Jassem Mohammad al-Kharafi said the two countries' have decided to resume ambassadorial activities.

"Kuwait and Iran's ambassadors will return to the place of their missions," al-Kharafi told reporters.

The Kuwaiti speaker also pointed out that the two countries' would "soon hold a meeting of their High Joint Commission".

Prior to the press conference, Salehi and al-Kharafi discussed the two countries' bilateral relations and the recent developments in the region in an hour-long meeting.

Salehi arrived in Kuwait at the head of a political delegation earlier today. In addition to al-Kharafi, the Iranian top diplomat has also held meetings with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahamd al-Sabah and the country's Prime Minister Nasir al-Muhammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

The development comes after the two countries lowered diplomatic ties and expelled each other's diplomats as a result of a misunderstanding.

Last May, Kuwait's media outlets alleged that the country's officials had arrested a team of spies with links to Iran. Almost a year later, a Kuwait City court sentenced to death two Iranians and a Kuwaiti national for allegedly belonging to an Iranian spy ring.

Following the court decree, the Kuwaiti government expelled a number of Iranian diplomats from the country. Iran reciprocated the action with firing a number of Kuwaiti diplomats.

Following the court ruling in Kuwait, Salehi dismissed the allegations about the operation of a spy cell in Kuwait with links to Iran, and described the move as a "conspiracy" against the Muslim countries.

Salehi made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Kuwaiti counterpart Mohammed al-Sabah, who had earlier accused Iran of having links with a spy network in his country and claimed that Iran is meddling in the other countries' domestic affairs.

"The old issue raised by a court in Kuwait and linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran is a plan pursued by those malevolent (forces) who do not desire good relations between the two countries," Salehi said.

"This (plan) is nothing but a conspiracy aimed at creating discord between Islamic countries in the region," he added.

In February, Iran and Kuwait inked an agreement to consolidate the industrial and customs relations between the two neighboring countries.

Also, Tehran and Kuwait City reached an economic agreement in the final day of the 10th meeting of Iran-Kuwait trade committee held in the Iranian capital city of Tehran.

Tehran has in recent years stepped up its efforts to establish and boost ties with the neighboring states, the Persian Gulf littoral states in particular.

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