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Kuwaiti Premier to "Nahar" daily: UK troops just passing through

KUWAIT, Sept 5 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Wednesday said UK troops leaving Iraq would only be passing through Kuwait and would not take station in any base here, as there is no need for such a step.
His Highness told Al-Nahar local daily that there are no agreements between the two states on having bases or stationed forces. The State of Kuwait, he stressed, is stable and secure and is not in a state of confrontation with any party. He added, however, Iraq issues are of interest and priority to Kuwait as well as the international community.
His Highness the premier expressed wish to see a stable and secure Iraq, pointing out the safety and stability of the entire region is affected by Iraq's state of affairs, and not just that of neighboring Kuwait.
The British Sunday Times had last Sunday reported that should British forces hand over Basra to Iraqi forces, the 5,500 British soldiers would exit Iraq and some would probably be stationed in Kuwait, if such agreement was reached with the Kuwaiti government.(end) aa.wsa KUNA 051013 Sep 07NNNN