BEIJING, Aug 2 (KUNA) -- China Monday reiterated overwhelming support to State of Kuwait's just causes, and reaffirmed respect to the Arab Gulf country's independence, security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
"We underline our firm positions regarding the support of Kuwait in all its causes," the foreign ministry said in a statement to KUNA to mark the 31st anniversary of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
It said China stood by Kuwait and rejected the Iraqi occupation, as well as launching repeated calls on the Iraqi forces to withdraw from Kuwaiti territories.
The ministry said Kuwait's late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah visited China in December 1990 within framework of efforts to drum up international support for his country with the objective of withdrawal of Iraqi occupiers, and restoration of security and sovereignty.
Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait on August 2 1990, and occupied the country for seven months before being ejected by an international coalition.
The Chinese foreign ministry said relations with Kuwait dated back to 1971, and commended the strategic partnership and importance of boosting it at economic and development fronts.
It called on importance of solving any conflict in the Middle East, specially in the Gulf region, peacefully. (end)