KUWAIT, Feb 22 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh
Mohammad Al-Sabah hoped here Monday there would not be more sanctions against
Iran in order to fend off more tensions in the region.
"We wish our friends (in Iran) can do their best to reassure the
international community about the Iranian nuclear program so that there would
not be an excuse for imposing sanctions," he told reports ahead of starting a
tour that will take him to Portugal, Britain, Luxembourg, Belgium and Libya.
"There are wise people in Iran," he believed.
But, he urged Tehran to fully comply with international legitimacy and IAEA
requirements in a bid to stave off more tensions with the international
community, which he said would bring negative impacts on the Gulf region.
Concerning Iraq, the Kuwaiti foreign minister said Iraq is a key part of
the Arab region's security mechanism so that everybody is required to work in
earnest to ensure smooth and successful elections in Iraq.
"Iraq is now undergoing a sensitive period, and the elections are
consequently a crucial watershed in its history given that it would determine
its identity. Therefore, we wish that the elections would be represented by
all components of the Iraqi people," he elaborated.
Asked about his tour, the minister said he would meet his Portuguese
counterpart during his visit to Portugal, and then move to Britain to meet its
foreign secretary and deliver a speech at the British-Kuwaiti Friendship
Society, as well as attend the celebration of Kuwait's national festivals at
the Kuwaiti embassy in Britain.
He added that he would then fly to Luxembourg, Brussels and then Libya
where he would attend preparatory meetings of the coming Arab summit in
He pointed out that he would discuss Libyan-Swiss tensions during his
European tour. (end)
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